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July 24, 2018

USDA assists farmers impacted by China's retaliatory tariffs

BY USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced July 24 that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

Lebanese university to install biodiesel pilot plant on campus

BY Ron KotrbaThe Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon and IPT Energy Center signed an MOU in July to install a pilot biodiesel production plant fed by used cooking oil. The feedstock will come from households and will be collected at strategic locations. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

UK producer Argent Energy to acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam facility

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based Argent Energy Group, a subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Ltd., has reached an agreement under Argent Energy Netherlands B.V. to acquire Amsterdam-based Simadan Group's biodiesel production, tank storage and cleaning facilities. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Biodiesel advocates say RFS growth is futile if waivers continue

BY Ron KotrbaRFS proponents and detractors gathered in Michigan July 18 to testify before EPA during a public hearing on the agency's proposed 2019 RVOs for conventional, cellulosic and overall advanced biofuels, and the 2020 biomass-based diesel RVO proposal. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Neste aims to use waste plastic for fuels, new plastic production

BY Neste Corp. Neste is exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a raw material for fossil refining. The company aims to proceed to industrial-scale trial in 2019. Its target is to process more than 1 million tons of waste plastic a year by 2030. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Biodiesel helps push California GHG emissions below 1990 levels

BY Erin Voegele The California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state's greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biodiesel, renewable diesel and ethanol helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin Voegele The July 12 letter was a response to a bipartisan inquiry several senators sent EPA in April requesting the agency to stop issuing small refinery waivers and disclose to Congress information on the waivers that have already been granted. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Add'l tariffs rile soy growers as US-China trade war escalates

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association expressed extreme disappointment July 11 in Robert Lighthizer's announcement that an additional $200 billion in tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods.The action worsens the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced a supply agreement July 11 with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel—a proprietary, patent-pending blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel—to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, a leading adventure travel company. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

After months of asking for alternative, soy farmers hit by tariff

BY The American Soybean Association Soybean farmers, whose crop represents 41 percent of the value of products on China's tariff list, will feel the full effect of the escalating trade war between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the government of the People's Republic of China. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of US EPA

BY Erin Voegele On July 5, President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes US EPA's triennial report

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 29, the U.S. EPA released its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the RFS program, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act. Biofuel representatives criticized the report. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, mandatory energy title funding

BY Erin Voegele On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

Bridgeport Biodiesel retains M&A specialist Equity Partners HG

BY Equity Partners HG Bridgeport Biodiesel 2 LLC, a fully permitted, commercial-scale biodiesel refinery with a capacity of 13 MMgy, has retained Equity Partners HG to find an investor or buyer for the company. The plant is just 50 miles north of New York City. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

List published of engine, vehicle makers approved for biodiesel

BY AGQM As can be seen from the approval list published jointly by AGQM, UFOP and the Association of the German Biofuel Industry (VDB), heavy-duty road traffic can use increasing quantities of biodiesel in the future, including B20, B30 and B100. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Proposed RFS growth sends hopeful signal to biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The EPA proposed RVOs for the biomass-based diesel category would increase from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The advanced biofuel category would also increase from 4.29 billion in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Colo. business owners indicted for $7M biodiesel tax credit fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Matthew Taylor and Martin Fields owned businesses in Colorado and New Jersey and allegedly conspired with the owner of a Colorado-based home heating oil business, Shintan Inc., to file more than $7 million in false tax credit claims with the IRS. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

Producers, marketers unify in support of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board A diverse group of associations sent a letter to Congressional leaders announcing a unified position to maintain and extend the current biodiesel blenders tax credit to encourage investment and job creation while providing environmental benefits. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

Largest US biodiesel producer testifies before House subcommittee

BY The National Biodiesel Board REG CEO Randy Howard, on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board, delivered testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment at a hearing on the current status and future prospects of advanced biofuels under the RFS. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

House Democrats demand answers from EPA on RFS, biofuel waivers

BY Erin Voegele On June 20, 12 Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Conventional soybean meal prices take a nosedive

BY UFOP Soybean meal prices have come down significantly since the beginning of May. Ample supply from Brazil, favorable growing conditions in the U.S. and an escalating trade dispute between China and the U.S. are putting downward pressure on prices. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Attis Industries acquires clean technology licensing business

BY Attis Industries Inc. Attis Industries closed on a series of transactions with GreenShift Corp., resulting in its acquisition of an 80 percent stake in Flux Carbon LLC, a new joint venture company that holds the rights to an expansive portfolio of clean technologies. READ MORE

June 18, 2018

NATSO launches Alternative Fuels Council, biodiesel quality plan

BY NATSO Inc. Among its initial offerings, NATSO’s Alternative Fuels Council unveiled a new Biodiesel Fuel Quality Plan designed to help biodiesel blenders, marketers and distributors ensure their final product sold to consumers meets a minimum quality standard. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin Voegele On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. Various bioindustries respond to the outcome. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Wilmar implements Inventure supercritical technology in China

BY Inventure Renewables Inventure Renewables announced successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International plant in Jiangsu province, China, to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

National Biodiesel Board hires 2 to communications positions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes two key additions to its communications staff team this week, announcing new Director of Communications Kaleb Little and Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications Paul Winters, formerly with BIO. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Bio Clean Energy SA wins $36M Bolivian biodiesel supply contract

BY Ron KotrbaBio Clean Energy S.A. announced that its Bio Petro Biofuels subsidiary has won a contract to supply up to 9.5 million gallons of biodiesel to the Bolivian government-owned Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos in a public tender process. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

French farmers unite in solidarity ahead of June 10 protests

BY Ron KotrbaThe French Federation of Oilseeds and Protein Producers is giving France's largest farmers' union, FNSEA, its complete support in planned blockades at strategic sites June 10 to protest policies and actions that jeopardize French crops and farmers. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

NJ producer pleads guilty to releasing wastewater into sound

BY U.S. Department of Justice An Elizabeth, New Jersey, biodiesel producer—Fuel Bio One LLC—pleaded guilty to discharging more than 45,000 gallons of wastewater from its commercial plant into the Arthur Kill, a narrow waterway that separates New Jersey from Staten Island. READ MORE

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