PASADENA, Tex. (WTVA) -- KiOR is now the first biofuel company with permission to sell cellulosic gasoline in the United States.
The Environmental Protection Agency grant Part 79 registration to the company's gasoline blendstock.
The designation is required for a company to sell fuel or fuel additives domestically.
Unlike ethanol, cellulosic gasoline is similar in composition to petroleum-based gasolines.
KiOR recently completed construction on a plant in Lowndes County and has begun work on another facility in Natchez.
Company officials say the Golden Triangle facility will begin operations later this year, but so far have not announced a date.
At full capacity, KiOR officials say they will produce enough annually in Columbus to provide fuel for 20,000 families.