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Agriculture: Biofuels

Biofuels are fuels developed by converting biomass into liquid fuels for transportation.

Sources of biomass for biofuels include:
  • grassy and woody plants,
  • agriculture or forestry residues,
  • algae,
  • crops such as corn and soybeans,
  • vegetable oils and animal fats.

Biofuels have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

The two most common types of biofuels in use today are ethanol and biodiesel. A large number of ethanol and biodiesel facilities are located in EPA Region 7 covering the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

For more information, please contact:

Ward A. Burns
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Air and Waste Management Division
Air Permitting and Compliance Branch
11201 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66219
Phone: 913-551-7960
burns.ward@epa.gov