RFS2: producers must track waste feedstock

By Ron Kotrba | January 19, 2010
Posted February 9, 2010

During the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas, officials from U.S. EPA discussed several of the confounding issues resident in the final RFS2 rule-including feedstock tracking.

The final RFS2 rule does not require soy biodiesel producers to track the origin of their feedstock and provide regular reports to the agency, as was expected under the proposed rule, but producers using animal fats or used cooking oils will be required to do so beginning July 1 if they want to generate renewable identification number (RIN) credits.

Although producers using waste feedstock will have to keep feedstock supplier records and produce quarterly reports for EPA, Larry Schafer from the Diamond Group said the requirements are "not onerous."

Paul Argyropoulos from EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality said if a producer is using animal fats, for instance, "they would have to say, 'Yeah, this is the feedstock I use, and this is where I got it,'" but they would not have to track it beyond their supplier.

Producers using domestic crop oils will not have to track feedstock and provide reports to EPA so long as U.S. cropland acres do not exceed the 2007 baseline of 402 million acres.
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