New companies join elite in quality assurance

By | August 19, 2009
Several more biodiesel companies have achieved the highest level of industry-recognized quality assurance, a sign that quality remains a top commitment among U.S. biodiesel producers. The National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission most recently recognized Imperium Renewables in Grays Harbor, Wash.; Scott Petroleum in Greenville, Miss.; Direct Fuels out of Euless, Texas; Louis Dreyfus in Claypool, Ind.; and Blackhawk Biofuels located in Danville, Ill., as BQ-9000 biodiesel producers. In addition, West Coast Reduction based in Vancouver, BC, and Wilson Fuel Co., Halifax, Nova Scotia, earned BQ-9000 Marketer status.

Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing for Blackhawk Biofuels' parent company, REG Inc., said large fleets and fuel distributors are writing BQ-9000 into fuel purchasing requirements.

"There's no question that today the petroleum industry is demanding biodiesel from BQ-9000 Producers," Haer said. "They know that BQ-9000 accreditation means consistent, efficient production of high quality fuel to help meet the nation's renewable energy demands."

BQ-9000 is a voluntary fuel quality assurance program overseen by the NBAC and adopted by the National Biodiesel Board and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. BQ-9000 couples the foundations of universally accepted quality management systems with the product specification, ASTM D 6751.

There are currently 34 biodiesel production facilities certified as producers under the program and 17 companies certified as marketers.
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