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Minnesota to require 10 percent biodiesel in diesel fuel

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Minnesota to require 10 percent biodiesel in diesel fuel
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — After years of starts and stops, the next frontier has finally arrived for biodiesel.

Starting Tuesday, Minnesota will require all diesel fuel sold here to contain at least 10 percent biodiesel — except during the winter, when the requirement is 5 percent biodiesel.

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Currently, state law requires every gallon of diesel fuel to contain at least 5 percent biodiesel — and 2 percent during the winter — so supporters are excited to see Minnesota raise the bar to a highest-in-the-nation level.

Biodiesel is most often made from soybean oil, which Minnesota has in abundance as the nation’s No. 3 soybean state. Traditional diesel fuel is made from petroleum, which Minnesota does not produce.

But the change has its critics.

“We will be alone in the nation with a 10 percent mandate,” said John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking Association. “We believe that the biodiesel industry is mature and can stand on its own. It does not need a mandate now, and it’s time to phase out the mandate, not increase it.”

The Legislature changed the mandate again. The 10 percent blend level will drop to 5 percent on Oct. 1, not Oct. 31. And the B-20 mandate will be delayed for three additional years, until 2018.

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