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Oregon Begins Biodiesel Fuel Requirements at Gas Stations

August 14, 2009

Oregon's requirement for gas stations to sell B2—2 percent biodiesel blended with conventional diesel—began August 5 in nine Oregon counties. The 2 percent blend is currently required in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Yamhill, and Polk counties. The new rule mandates that all Oregon counties must sell the B2 mixture starting October 1.

Last month, while signing broader climate change legislation which triggered the biodiesel requirement, Governor Ted Kulongoski said, "This action furthers Oregon’s efforts to end our dependence on foreign energy sources and also makes us one of the first in the nation to require use of biodiesel – a win for farmers and our environment." According to the National Biodiesel Board, Oregon became the third state to support increased use of the biodiesel. Minnesota was the first state to pass a B2 requirement, followed by Washington State. While this is first requirement for public sale of the fuel in the state, the trade association also noted that since 2004, the Portland city government has used a minimum of 20 percent biodiesel in its fleet of about two hundred diesel vehicles.

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