Feds charge e-Biofuels, Imperial, Cima Green and others in scheme

The federal government charged a company in Evansville, Ind., and several executives and suppliers for involvement in an illegal biodiesel scheme that bilked victims, including customers, investors and the IRS, out of more than $100 million.

SEC charges FOGFuels, owner Paul Marshall with securities fraud

Earlier this month, the SEC filed an emergency action seeking a temporary restraining order and other emergency relief in federal court charging Paul Marshall and three of his companies, including FOGFuels, with misappropriating client funds.

US Sen. Debbie Stabenow requests RIN market investigation

Stabenow is looking to the CFTC to use its expertise and authority to preserve RIN market integrity, particularly with respect to the price discovery function of these markets and the ability of end users to hedge their risk and comply with the RFS.

EPA Inspector General recommends improvements to RFS monitoring

The U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General has released a report recommending ways the agency should improve monitoring activities for the RFS program. The audit was conducted in response to the generation of millions of dollars of fraudulent RINs.

Researchers work on acetal production for biodiesel blending

A chemical engineering research group in Bilbao, Spain, is working on a project that seeks to encourage the use of acetal-blended biodiesel in order to improve the fuel's properties. The idea is to produce acetals more easily and cheaply.

UFOP funds project for B100 approval in Deutz Agripower engines

The Deutz Agripower engines of the series TCD 7.8 L6, TCD 6.1 L6 and TCD 4.1 L4 can be approved for operation with biodiesel as a pure fuel. This is the result of the project successfully completed by Deutz AG, funded by Germany's UFOP.

New study: Algae biofuel cuts CO2 emissions by up to 68 percent

Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life-cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar energy return on investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum, according to a new peer-reviewed paper.

US soybean oil demand gets big boost from biodiesel industry

To meet federal biodiesel-usage requirements of 1.28 billion gallons this year, manufacturers will need 9 billion pounds of vegetable oils and animal fats. At least 4.8 billion pounds of that could be soybean oil from 430 million bushels.

Appeals court upholds Calif. LCFS, vacates preliminary injunction

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that California's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program is constitutional, overturning a prior ruling that it violates interstate commerce laws. The court published its opinion on Sept. 18.

Program to send next-gen scientists to Nat'l Biodiesel Conference

The National Biodiesel Board is again offering scholarships to selected applicants who are members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, an NBB program that aims to educate and collaborate with young scientists. Keep reading to apply.

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October 13-15, 2014
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