WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set the amount of bio-diesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets in 2013 at 1.28 billion gallons. This is an increase from the 1 billion gallons set for 2012. Bio-based diesel products are advanced bio-fuels that are derived from sources that include vegetable oils and wastes oils from renewable sources. “This action, which meets goals designated by Congress, is another step that strengthens America’s energy security by reducing dependence on foreign oil,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. EPA’s action sets the 2013 volume under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) which established the second phase of the Renewable Fuel Standards program. EISA specifies a 1 billion gallon minimum volume requirement for the biomass-based diesel category for 2012 and beyond. The law also calls on EPA to increase the volume requirements after consideration of environmental, market and energy-related factors. American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman congratulated the EPA on this action and noted that “More than half of all biodiesel produced in the United States comes from soybean oil, which expands a growing market for soybean farmers.” “We look forward to helping the U.S. biodiesel industry hit the 1.28 billion gallon mark in 2013. By achieving the new requirement, we’ll help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and help increase soybean meal supplies to our valued partners in the livestock industry for use as feed,” Wellman said. “It is important to remember,” added Wellman, “increased biodiesel use helps to grow diversity in our nation’s fuel supply, which in turn, reduces our vulnerability to inflated global oil prices which are the real drivers behind increased food costs because of higher food processing and transport costs. Biodiesel is a clean, renewable, American-made energy source that helps expand our fuel supply.” More information on the EPA regulation can be obtained at www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm and www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/index.htm.