April 13, 2007

EPA provides equal treatment for ethanol production plants

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule that assures facilities producing ethanol for fuel, industrial use or human consumption will be treated equally under Clean Air Act permitting requirements. Historically, while the processes for the three uses are similar, they have been treated differently under Clean Air Act permitting programs.

The final rule establishes the same emissions thresholds for new ethanol production facilities, using a feedstock such as corn or sugar beets, regardless of the product produced. All facilities must meet a standard of 250 tons per year; facilities producing ethanol for fuel or industrial purposes will no longer be required to count emissions of criteria pollutants that do not come from process stacks or vents to determine if the standard has been met.

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