US EPA delivers proposed 2019 RFS volumes to White House OMB

On May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment.
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Valero acquires Pure Biofuels del Peru

Valero Energy Corp. has purchased Pure Biofuels del Peru, the third largest fuels importer in Peru. The transaction, funded with cash, also includes refined products terminals in in Callao, near Lima, and in Paita, near Piura in northern Peru.
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REG completes major expansion project at Ralston biodiesel plant

Renewable Energy Group wrapped up a $32 million expansion and upgrade project at its Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel plant. Production capacity in Ralston has more than doubled, from 12 to 30 MMgy, and its logistics and storage capabilities were upgraded.
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RIN cap declared dead, export scheme resurfaces at RFS meeting

The latest in a series of politicized, high-level meetings on RFS took place at the White House where Ted Cruz's scheme to cap prices on RINs has finally fallen flat, but talk of exported gallons qualifying for domestic obligations resurfaced.
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Free biodiesel webinar May 22 on advanced elemental analysis

Biodiesel Magazine is holding a free webinar May 22 titled New Advances in Detection Technology for Biodiesel Impurities. The webinar, the latest in the Biodiesel Magazine Webinar Series, is sponsored by Spectro Analytical Instruments. Register here.
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Volvo Ocean Race stays on sustainability course with biodiesel

Supplying biodiesel for the Volvo Ocean Race's North American stopover is local producer Newport Biodiesel, which has used recycled cooking grease from restaurant "galleys" throughout New England to produce biodiesel for more than a decade.
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REG cites strong biodiesel margin environment in Q1 financials

In Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s first-quarter financial results, REG President and CEO Randy Howard said the margin environment for biodiesel continues to look strong as a result of a combination of higher energy and lower feedstock prices.
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Biodiesel maker Hero BX opens research lab at Penn State Behrand

Located at Knowledge Park in the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center, the Hero BX lab advances the company's efforts to diversify and develop biodiesel products for new markets while utilizing the skills of Penn State Behrend students.
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National Biodiesel Foundation grants $2,000 to student scientist

The National Biodiesel Foundation awarded the first Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant to doctoral student Mary Kate Mitchell. The $2,000 award is for Mitchell to participate in the Biodiesel Sustainability Workshop in St. Louis Sept. 27.
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Iowa legislature renews biofuels infrastructure program funding

Iowa's legislature voted to fund the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program another year. Senate File 2414, which includes $3 million for RFIP out of the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund for 2019, is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing.
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ABFA challenges EPA's RFS small refinery exemptions in court

The Advanced Biofuels Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA's process for granting exemptions from compliance under RFS to small refineries.
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Air Canada operates biofuel flight from Edmonton to San Francisco

Air Canada's Edmonton-San Francisco flight May 2 operated on biofuel in a 146-seat Airbus A320-200 accommodating a trade mission delegation led by the government of Alberta, the city of Edmonton and Edmonton-area businesses to California.
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