PASADENA, Texas, Aug. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KiOR, Inc. (Nasdaq:KIOR), a next-generation renewable fuels company, announced today that it has been granted Part 79 registration for its Renewable Diesel Blendstock 5 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The registration, required by manufacturers of motor vehicle fuels by the EPA, must be completed prior to the sale of the product. "Part 79 registration for our cellulosic diesel marks another important milestone for KiOR and the renewable fuels industry," said Fred Cannon, KiOR's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The receipt of the Part 79 registrations for our cellulosic gasoline and diesel from EPA coincides perfectly with the start-up of our first production facility in Columbus, Mississippi next month. "With registration for both our cellulosic gasoline and diesel completed, KiOR now has a clear path to market to provide renewable cellulosic fuels for American cars and trucks during the fourth quarter of this year," Mr. Cannon added. "We are excited that KiOR will be able to play a key role in helping to fulfill the goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by providing a truly renewable fuel option that uses only sustainable non-food feedstock, reduces greenhouse gases, creates American jobs, and reduces our dependence on imported oil." Part 79 registration does not constitute endorsement, certification, or approval by any agency of the United States. About KiOR KiOR is a development stage, next-generation renewable fuels company that has developed a unique two-step proprietary technology platform to convert abundant and sustainable non-food biomass into cellulosic gasoline, diesel and fuel oil. KiOR's cellulosic fuels may be transported using existing distribution networks and are suitable for use in vehicles on the road today. KiOR strives to help ease dependence on foreign oil, reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and create high-quality jobs and economic benefit across rural communities. For more information, please visit www.KiOR.com . KiOR's shares are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "KiOR."