BQ-9000 program continues to welcome new members

By | April 26, 2010
Biodiesel customers, including fleet managers, have made it clear that quality is among their most important priorities. They have noted some benefits of purchasing biodiesel from a BQ-9000 producer or marketer, including:

Being aware of the BQ-9000 program and seeing value in fuel produced by a BQ-9000 producer. Some now specify BQ-9000 in procurement contracts.

Helping ensure consistency in the quality of biodiesel

Sleeping easier knowing they have taken a big step towards ensuring fuel quality for their customers

The BQ-9000 program recently welcomed both a new producer and a new marketer to its ranks. Inland Empire Oilseeds LLC in Odessa, Wash., was certified as a BQ-9000 producer in November. Central Ohio Farmers Coop Inc. in Marion, Ohio, was certified in December as a BQ-9000 marketer.

BQ-9000 is a voluntary fuel quality assurance program, overseen by the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission and supported by the NBB and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. BQ-9000 couples the foundations of universally accepted quality management systems with the biodiesel product specification ASTM D6751, and has become the premier quality designation in the industry. The program covers storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution and fuel management practices. Any biodiesel producer or marketer is eligible to become a BQ-9000 producer or BQ-9000 marketer. 
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