UK producer Argent Energy to acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam facility


U.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.
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Lebanese university to install biodiesel pilot plant on campus


The 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.
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EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil


On July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal first came out in December.
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USDA assists farmers impacted by China's retaliatory tariffs


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.
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Biodiesel advocates say RFS growth is futile if waivers continue


RFS 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.
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Missouri farmers break ground on Center for Soy Innovation


Missouri soybean farmers broke ground on a new building in western Jefferson City July 24, kicking off an 18-month project to develop the Center for Soy Innovation. Soybean farmers highlighted the need to be a resource for farmers and the community.
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Neste aims to use waste plastic for fuels, new plastic production


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.
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Biodiesel helps push California GHG emissions below 1990 levels


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


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


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.
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REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet


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.
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