The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may soon finalize a decision on whether to allow diesel made from palm oil to be considered a renewable fuel. Citing deforestation, the EPA found that palm oil diesel didn't meet the requirements. Industry groups from Indonesia, Malaysia and the U.S. have sharply criticized the agency's analysis, with the American Palm Oil Council saying that the EPA's conclusion was "based on faulty data and erroneous assumptions." The public comment period on the initial EPA decision ended April 27. Meanwhile, researchers at Yale and Stanford universities say forest and peatland protection in palm oil production must be enacted to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020.
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