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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed rule to approve Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways for renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from canola/rapeseed oil, Biomass magazine reported.

EPA’s assessment proposes to find that the canola fuel pathways meet the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction threshold of 50% required to generate D4 biomass-based diesel and D5 advanced biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the RFS, according to the 12 April report.

Based on its analysis, the EPA said renewable diesel, jet fuel and heating oil produced from canola oil were eligible for D4 biomass-based diesel RINs if they were produced through a hydrotreating process that did not co-process renewable biomass and petroleum and for D5 advanced biofuel RINs if they were produced through a process that did not co-process renewable biomass and petroleum.

A fuel pathway for the production of biodiesel and heating oil from canola oil via a transesterification process had already been approved for the generation of D4 biomass-based diesel RINs, Biomass magazine wrote.

The proposed rule was welcomed by the Clean Fuels Alliance America.

“We applaud the administration’s strategy to support growth for homegrown biofuels that are critical to expanding Americans’ options for affordable fuel in the short-term and to building real energy independence in the long-term,” Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs at Clean Fuels, said.

“We greatly appreciate EPA’s commitment to approving new RFS pathway petitions for renewable fuels that can provide greenhouse gas benefits as well as reduce reliance on foreign oil.”

A 30-day public comment period on the proposed rule will open following its publication in the Federal Register.