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With Biofuel Standards Unclear, Development ‘Stalls’

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “when the Environmental Protection Agency announced in November that a decision on the 2014 renewable fuel standard establishing how much biodiesel and ethanol should have been blended into traditional liquid fuels this year would be delayed until next year, it wasn’t good news for Advanced Biofuels in Monaca.”  

“The plant is ‘on hold for now,’ he said, while in physical therapy . Instead, Mr. Vescovi, a general manager with hazardous materials transportation company Weavertown Environmental, is focusing on a much more sure thing — a plant to treat wastewater from oil and gas operations.”  

“The EPA said it’s still sorting through hundreds of thousands of comments filed by renewable fuel supporters and oil industry opponents about the proposed 2014 standard. The agency first instituted a mandate for blending renewable fuels in 2005 as a way of furthering energy security goals and reducing pollution, and has updated it annually.”

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