Biodiesel Leaders Request Enhanced Quality Control

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and Minnesota Biodiesel Council (MBC) presented an action plan to the Minnesota Department of Commerce to increase quality control measures and ensure that only high-grade biodiesel is released into the state’s diesel fuel pool. The recommendations include calling for all biodiesel producers to become accredited under “BQ-9000,” the industry’s quality assurance program as well as procedures requiring biodiesel companies to provide a certificate of analysis for each batch of fuel. NBB already has in place the voluntary industry quality control program BQ-9000, which accredits companies who adopt quality assurance practices. NBB recommends all biodiesel producers become accredited under the existing BQ-9000 program. The recommendations also call for strong enforcement procedures from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. This would include suspensions and fines for producers who sell out-of-spec biodiesel. Minnesota residents experiencing a problem may call 800-929-3437.

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