USDA Adds New Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

The United States Department of Agriculture has finalized a proposed rule (77 FR 72653) amending its Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement. The rule adds eight product categories to USDA’s preferred procurement program: aircraft and boat cleaners, automotive care products, engine crankcase oil, gasoline fuel additives, metal cleaners and corrosion removers, microbial cleaning products; paint removers, and water turbine bearing oils. These new categories are added at 7 CFR 3201.100 through 7 CFR 3201.107. The rule also adds countertops to the existing composite panels product category at 7 CFR 3201.19. Further, the rule establishes minimum biobased contents for each of these product categories and subcategories. Once USDA designates a product category, procuring agencies are required generally to purchase biobased products within the designated product category where the purchase price of the procurement product exceeds $10,000 or where the quantity of the products or of functionally equivalent products purchased over the preceding fiscal year equaled $10,000 or more. The rule goes into effect May 1, 2013. For the text of the rule, see 78 FR 19393.