Biodiesel Board Responds To Minnesota Operating Problems

Posted on January 11, 2006

Following press reports in the Midwest about trucks having problems in cold weather with biodiesel fuel (see Diesel News Network elsewhere on this site for accompanying article), the National Biodiesel Board and Minnesota Biodiesel Council issued the statement below. Minnesota requires the state’s diesel supply contain 2 percent biodiesel. That mandate has caused operating problems and a backlash against biodiesel in recent weeks.

The statement says: “The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and Minnesota Biodiesel Council (MBC) today 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.

Minnesota law mandates the state’s diesel fuel supply contain a blend of 2 percent biodiesel (B2). In December, it was confirmed that some biodiesel that did not meet the specification was delivered to some Minnesota terminals. At the same time, some incidents of filter plugging were reported. NBB and MBC worked aggressively with state agencies and petroleum companies to analyze the situation, and determined that out-of-spec biodiesel was responsible for at least some of the filter plugging.

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Biodiesel Leaders Request Enhanced Quality Control Measures in Minnesota to read the entire release.”