A win for clean air: effort to overturn NM biodiesel policy fails
With plants and terminals churning out hundreds of thousands of gallons of cleaner burning, renewable biodiesel every year, New Mexico lawmakers yesterday moved to maintain the state's potential to become an alternative fuel leader. Calling it a win for clean-air and sustainable energy policy, the National Biodiesel Board is pleased that efforts to repeal New Mexico's B5 (5 percent biodiesel) requirement have ended unsuccessfully.
“We thank the many New Mexico legislators who worked to support maintaining the mandate and we note with appreciate the bill sponsor for ultimately removing it from consideration this session,” said Shelby Neal, NBB state regulatory affairs director. “We will continue to work with partners and industry stakeholders across the country to develop positive public policy at the state level and federal level to support our American economy, environment and energy security with America's advanced biofuel.”
New Mexico is one of just seven states with legislation requiring a minimum amount of biodiesel to be blended in the transportation diesel fuel supply.
Based in Jefferson City, Mo., the NBB is dedicated to supporting the commercial biodiesel industry. Its membership is comprised of biodiesel producers, state, national, and international feedstock and processor organizations; fuel marketers and distributors; and technology providers.
Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from renewable resources such as soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and other fats and oils. It is the first and only EPA-designated advanced biofuel produced on a commercial scale across the country.