US EPA sends 2018-'19 RFS proposal to OMB for review

The U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard and 2019 biomass-based diesel volume proposal under RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. OMB review marks a final step before public release.
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Trump order prompts biodiesel advocates to submit comments to EPA

Biodiesel advocacy groups such as the National Biodiesel Board and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association submitted comments to the U.S. EPA in response to an executive order by President Donald J. Trump aimed at reducing burdensome regulations.
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US moves one step closer to tariffs on biodiesel imports

The USITC announced May 5 it has made unanimous affirmative determinations in its preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, meaning the investigation will move forward.
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Enzymatic biodiesel project under development in Georgia

Tactical Fabrication LLC and The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, have formed a biodiesel joint venture, Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, to retrofit an existing, idled biodiesel production facility in Laurens County, Georgia, with enzymatic technology.
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Aemetis wins biodiesel supply contract with India gov't oil cos.

Aemetis Inc.'s Universal Biofuels subsidiary has won its first contract to supply biodiesel to the India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies in a public tender process. The supply contract is worth about $6 million, according to the company.
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US House bill to reform, renew biodiesel tax credit through 2020

The NBB applauded introduction of a bipartisan biodiesel tax credit bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would convert the blenders credit for biodiesel to a $1-per-gallon production credit for fuels produced in the U.S. for years 2017-'20.
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Iowa Gov. Branstad signs bill for biofuels infrastructure funding

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. The program is designed to encourage fuel retailers to offer biofuels at the pump.
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New ag secretary Sonny Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. USDA says the changes ensure rural America always has a seat at the table.
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Western South Dakota welcomes new biodiesel blending facility

The South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council announced that a new biodiesel blending facility has opened in Box Elder, South Dakota, near Rapid City, which will make using biodiesel much easier in the western part of the state.
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REG to purchase Geismar land, looks at renewable diesel expansion

Renewable Energy Group will purchase the land it has leased for its 75 MMgy Geismar operations, as well as more than 61 adjacent acres, which it plans to improve and utilize to support existing production capacity and future expansion opportunities.
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2 Keystone Biofuels officers indicted on conspiracy charges

Pennsylvania-based Keystone Biofuels and two of its officers, Ben Wootton and Race Miner, have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated more than $10 million in U.S. EPA RIN credits.
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US biodiesel production up slightly, imports spike in February

U.S. biodiesel production in February was up 1 million gallons from January, according to EIA data. Combined U.S. imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel totaled more than 33.43 million gallons, up more than 50 percent over January's imports.
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