Case No. 3: EPA issues Green Diesel violation for 60M bad RINs

The U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Houston-based Green Diesel LLC April 30 for generating more than 60 million invalid D-Code 4 RINs under the RFS2 program. The number of RINs in question almost doubles those from the two cases last fall.
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Biofuels groups given intervenor status by court in RFS2 lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted motions to allow several biofuel organizations to intervene and address issues that'll be raised during the lawsuit filed against the U.S. EPA by the API regarding 2012 RFS2 volume requirements.
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Jatropha trials planned to help boost rural Panamanian economy

Panama Green Fuels, an entity working to establish biodiesel infrastructure within Panama, recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the director of the country's National School of Agriculture to use the school's land to cultivate jatropha.
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Hero BX adopts cavitation tech to reduce catalyst use, monos

The Arisdyne Systems cavitation process has allowed Pa.-based biodiesel producer Hero BX to reduce catalyst consumption by more than 25 percent, and the technology has contributed to the reduction of monoglycerides since installation at the plant.
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EPA palm oil analysis draws support, criticism as comments close

The public comment period for the U.S. EPA's palm oil pathway assessment under the renewable fuel standard closes April 27. Groups representing both sides of the issue are speaking out in an effort to sway the agency's final decision on the matter.
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Advanced biofuels win major victories on Capitol Hill today

A 180-degree turnaround happened today in Washington as the Senate ag committee passed an amendment offered by Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Dick Lugar, R-Ind., that would restore $800 million in mandatory funding to the Farm Bill energy title.
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Temporary injunction on Calif. low carbon fuel standard lifted

The temporary injunction against California's low carbon fuel standard has been lifted. The 9th Circuit granted its motion for a stay on the injunction while it considers California Air Resources Board's appeal of the lower court's decision.
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Renewable Energy Group rings closing NASDAQ bell to celebrate IPO

The largest U.S. biodiesel producer, with 212 MMgy capacity, celebrated its recent initial public offering at the NASDAQ in a closing bell ceremony on April 25 recognizing shareholders, the board of directors, employees and client service providers.
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BioWillie branding marks Willie Nelson's 79th birthday

Beginning on April 30, Willie Nelson's birthday, fuel at Pacific Biodiesel's retail pump on Maui in Hawaii will be sold as the trademarked BioWillie Biodiesel. The branding is the brainchild of country music legend Willie Nelson, a Maui resident.
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Biodiesel producers and process safety management compliance

Most have heard about OSHA citing Midwest Biofuel for 15 safety and health violations. Is this an isolated case, or is OSHA starting to closely scrutinize the biodiesel industry? Hedge against violation and implement a process safety management plan.
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OriginOil technology recovers 98 percent of HCs in fracking water

OriginOil Inc., developer of technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, announced its algae harvesting process was able to remove 98 percent of hydrocarbons from a sample of West Texas oil well frac flowback water in the first stage alone.
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