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The energy bill the Senate recently passed encourages finding alternative energy sources. The Minnesota biodiesel delegates are pictured. Photo: National Biodiesel Board

On June 28, Senate passed the HR-6 energy bill by a vote of 85–12. Unlike the House-approved version, the Senate's version does not include a liability waiver preventing local governments from recovering cleanup costs associated with water supply contamination caused by methyl tertiary butyl ether.

The American Public Works Association and other local government organizations have opposed the waiver since it emerged in energy legislation in the previous Congress.

One focus of the energy bill is $14 billion in taxes and other incentives intended to reduce dependence on foreign oil and encourage development of alternative energy sources. The House bill would provide $7 billion in tax incentives, focusing on traditional fossil fuel sources.