November 30, 2018 / 5:28 PM / 16 days ago

EPA says lifts advanced biofuel mandate for 2019, keeps ethanol steady

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it lifted its annual blending mandate for advanced biofuels by 15 percent for 2019, while keeping the requirement for conventional biofuels like corn-based ethanol steady.

The mandate was the same as reported by Reuters on Thursday, in an article citing an internal agency document.

The mandate includes 4.92 billion gallons for advanced biofuels, up from the EPA’s initial proposal in June of 4.88 billion and above the 4.29 billion that had been set for 2018, EPA said. The requirement for conventional biofuels remains at 15 billion gallons for 2019, on par with 2018, and the same as proposed by the agency in June, it said.

Details are available here: here (Writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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