EPA's Jackson, USDA's Vilsack scheduled for Iowa biodiesel tour

By Luke Geiver | April 18, 2011

The head officials of both the USDA and U.S. EPA are scheduled to visit an Iowa biodiesel facility on Tuesday. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will hold a national conference call following their tour of Renewable Energy Group Inc.’s 30 MMgy facility in Newton to discuss their visit, which will also include a stop at a livestock operation and a 1,600-acre row crop farm. According to a brief statement on the visit to Iowa, the EPA said Jackson “will use the opportunity to discuss renewable fuels with REG officials.”

REG plans to hold a roundtable discussion with the USDA and EPA that will brief the officials on a number of areas, including the industry’s ability to meet RFS2 volume obligations; the role of biodiesel as the country’s first readily available advanced biofuel; reducing imported petroleum via biodiesel; and biodiesel’s place in the Clean Fleet Partnership, a recently announced program by the Obama administration that aims to provide help from the U.S. DOE to large fleets like those of FedEx, PepsiCo and others, in reducing fuel use through vehicle efficiency upgrades, and also through the use of alternative fuels.

Last week Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, attended the grand opening ceremony for Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc.’s algae bioreactor project located at GPRE’s 65 MMgy ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. 


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