Imperial Western joins BQ-9000 accredited producers

By | April 01, 2006
Imperial Western Products, Inc., of Coachella, Calif., has achieved its BQ-9000 accreditation. This producer of Biotane-branded biodiesel is now a BQ-9000 Accredited Producer under the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program-a cooperative and voluntary fuel quality program adopted by both the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.

"We have watched BQ-9000 become the quality program recognized as the industry standard," said Curtis Wright, manager of Biodiesel Operations. "Imperial Western wanted to help give confidence to prospective buyers and current customers alike. We are proud to be a BQ-9000 accredited producer, and I believe we're the first of such that uses yellow grease and animal fats as feedstock."

BQ-9000 is a quality assurance program that includes procedures for fuel storage, handling and management aimed at ensuring fuel quality throughout the distribution system. The program creates a comprehensive quality system whereby fuel is consistently produced in accordance with ASTM specifications and maintains its quality all the way to the customer's fuel tank.

"With such rapid industry growth, ensuring that only a quality product reaches every consumer is more critical than ever," said Leland Tong, chairman of the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission (NBAC). "The NBAC and NBB commend the first five companies who took the initiative to become BQ-9000 accredited."
Accreditation under the BQ-9000 program is open to all companies that produce, distribute or market biodiesel either in its pure form or for use in blending with petroleum diesel fuel. There are two types of designation under the program: Accredited Producer and Certified Marketer. Peter Cremer North America was the first company to become an accredited producer under the program. West Central, Dow Haltermann and Eastman Chemical are the other accredited producers. More information on the BQ-9000 program is available at
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