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EPA Official to Visit Indonesia for Talks on Palm-Oil Emissions

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which this year rejected palm-oil biodiesel from its renewable-fuels program, is sending an official next week to Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of the oilseed.

Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, will visit Indonesia for talks on environmental standards for the palm-oil industry, Alisha Johnson, an EPA press secretary, said today in an e-mail. In January, the agency said greenhouse-gas emissions from palm-oil diesel were too high and failed to meet requirements set for renewable fuels in the U.S.

Indonesia is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, mostly because of land-based carbon emissions including deforestation on expanding palm-oil production, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patricia Laya in New York at playa2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net

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