Washington biofuels law awaits governor's signature

| Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Now that Washington’s biofuels bill has cleared both the House and the Senate, it only awaits the signature of Gov. Christine Gregoire to become law.

The bill, which would require that 2 percent of Washington’s consumption of gasoline and diesel be ethanol and biodiesel by Dec. 1, 2008, was sent to the governor’s office Monday, March 6, according to a press release.

The measure also calls for 20 percent of the fuel used by state agencies to be biodiesel.

Rep. Janea Holmquist, R-Moses Lake, is one of the bill’s primary sponsors. Holmquist said in a statement that she has been working for years to get the Legislature to adopt renewable fuel standards for the state.

“The timing was right,” she said. “All the stakeholders came together and worked to reach an agreement that is a win for all.”

The governor, who has in the past supported efforts to create a renewable fuels industry in Washington is expected to sign the bill into law sometime this week.

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