A Missouri Senate panel has approved a bill that would mandate biodiesel use in the state. The state already mandates that gasoline sold in the state contain 10 percent ethanol.
The Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources Committee voted to advance a bill that would require that all diesel fuel sold on a retail basis in the state be a biodiesel blend. Sponsored by Senate Transportation Chairman Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, the measure would require at least 5 percent biodiesel at the pumps by April 1, 2010.
Minnesota is the only other state to have implemented a biodiesel standard. Missouri is one of at least a half dozen states that have enacted ethanol mandates. Stouffer said Missouri could take a significant step forward by adopting its own biodiesel rule.
“We can put Missouri in the forefront of biodiesel technology,” he said in a released statement.
In addition to helping biodiesel producers in the state, Stouffer said the bill would benefit consumers and the state’s air quality.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture would be responsible for developing cold temperature operability standards for biodiesel.
The bill – SB759 – is headed to the Senate floor for further consideration. If approved there, it would move to the House.
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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor