The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) was recently amended to authorize federal regulations that would set low carbon fuel standards for gasoline produced in or imported into Canada. The amendments also recommend that Parliament review, every other year, the environmental and economic aspects of biofuel production in Canada. The government is currently developing regulations under CEPA that would require all gasoline produced in or imported into Canada to contain an annual average of at least 5% renewable content, beginning in 2010. The amendments will come into force on September 28, 2009.

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