After significant review and analysis, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that grain sorghum ethanol qualifies as a renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Program. Governor Sam Brownback said approving the sorghum pathway will help enable the United States to meet RFS requirements with domestically-produced ethanol and generate economic growth in Kansas.
The final rule for the sorghum pathway was signed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Nov. 30, 2012, and will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register. According to the final rule, EPA’s analysis indicated that grain sorghum ethanol produced at dry-mill facilities that utilize natural gas for process energy meets the 20 percent greenhouse gas emission reduction threshold to qualify as a renewable fuel under RFS guidelines. Further, the final rule specifies that grain sorghum ethanol produced at dry-mill facilities that utilize specified forms of biogas for process energy and most electricity production meets the 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction threshold to qualify as an advanced biofuel under RFS guidelines.
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