August 18, 2017

Biofuel Industry Testifies At EPA Hearing On RFS Program

By Lauren M. Graham, Ph.D. On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing to hear from all segments of the fuel industry on the proposed rule to set the 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.  Among the nearly 150 individuals and organizations scheduled to testify at the hearing were numerous biofuel industry stakeholders who praised EPA for issuing the proposed rule on time and...
October 14, 2016

Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News

?   Verdezyne, “Verdezyne Signs Distribution Agreement with Aceto Corporation:  Exclusive Agreement with Leading Distributor of Specialty Chemicals in the U.S. to Power Regional Sales of Verdezyne’s BIOLON® DDDA”   ?   REG, “REG Celebrates Completion of $34.5 Million Upgrade Project at Danville Biorefinery”   ?   Finance & Commerce, “Rosemount Mulls Plan to Convert Waste into Ethanol”   ?   BASF,...
March 11, 2016

OSHA Fines The Renewable Energy Group Over Hydrogen Gas Explosion

On March 3, 2016, The Advocate reported that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined a biodiesel plant run by The Renewable Energy Group (REG) $70,000 over a September 3, 2015, hydrogen gas explosion. The explosion injured four workers and resulted in three willful safety violations from OSHA. According to The Advocate, OSHA's citation stated that REG failed "to ensure a hazardous and flammable chemical was no longer in a plant pipeline that...