Pacific Biodiesel eyes California as federal, local support wanes


As the U.S. biodiesel sector pushes forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel find it necessary to operate outside their norm to continue operations. Pacific Biodiesel is considering shipping fuel to California.
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Biodiesel plays active role in food waste reduction


The USDA, FDA and EPA recently announced April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month and the National Biodiesel Board sees biodiesel as an active player in reduction. Billions of pounds of food waste is made into biodiesel each year.
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Iowa legislature funds another year of blender pump program


The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, commonly referred to as the state’s blender pump program, provides cost-share grants to Iowa retailers wishing to upgrade fueling infrastructure to offer E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends.
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Soy Innovation Campus for NW Minn. gaining traction in Saint Paul


Funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel plant in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a new bill.
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ABFA files for injunction against EPA to prevent additional SREs


The Advanced Biofuels Association filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent U.S. EPA from granting any additional SREs releasing obligated parties from compliance with RFS until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against the agency.
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Valero: Ethanol earnings down, renewable diesel sales up


Valero Energy Corp. released first quarter 2019 financial results April 25, reporting significantly reduced income for its ethanol segment. The quarterly report was also the company’s first to address its newly established renewable diesel segment.
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NBB opposes RIN reform proposals, supports opening market to E15


The National Biodiesel Board filed formal comments April 29 on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to modify fuel regulations to allow E15 and to modify the RIN market regulations. While NBB supports E15, it said RIN market reforms are unnecessary.
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US EPA: 40 SRE applications now pending for compliance year 2018


The U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions April 18, reporting that there are now 40 pending SRE applications for compliance year 2018, up from 39 pending as of March 28. No other changes were made to the data.
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Pacific Biodiesel founders obtain license to grow industrial hemp


Pacific Biodiesel Technologies and its founders Bob and Kelly King announced April 22 the development of Maui’s first state-licensed industrial hemp farm, operating under the Kings’ personal entity. The operation will be fully powered by biodiesel.
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Jury finds Keystone Biofuels owners guilty of fraud, false claims


Following a 14-day jury trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Keystone Biofuels owners Wootton and Miner were found guilty of making false statements to the EPA, conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and aiding the filing of a false claim with the IRS.
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