Iowa Senate Approves 5% Biodiesel Mandate
Micah Walter/Bloomberg News
4/20/2009 12:00:00 PM
The Iowa Senate approved a bill last week that would require that diesel fuel sold in the state contain 5% biofuel, the Des Moines Register reported.
Retailers would earn a tax credit if their diesel contained 10% biofuel or higher, the paper reported.
If approved, the measure would add Iowa to a list of seven other states that require biodiesel to be blended with diesel, the National Biodiesel Board said in a statement.
State Sen. Jack Kibbie told the Register that the mandate, which would go into effect July 1 if the House and governor approve it, would save 1 million barrels of foreign oil per year.
Truckers have objected to biodiesel mandates, reporting that the blended fuel gels in cold weather, clogging fuel lines in diesel engines.