Two more prodcers became BQ-9000 this week, according to the National Biodiesel Board.
Although new to biodiesel production in the United States, Cargill took measures while constructing its biodiesel facilities so that it could help ensure it meets the industry standard for quality. Cargill’s Iowa Falls, Iowa, location has produced biodiesel since May. The company reports 37.5 million gallons of capacity.
Griffin Industries of Kentucky, an early producer of biodiesel beginning in the late 1990s, has also achieved BQ-9000 accreditation. “Our ability to further validate the consistent quality of Griffin’s BioG-3000® premium biodiesel is a critical step to maintaining and building consumer confidence,” said Tom Griffin, Senior Vice President for Griffin Industries.
BQ-9000 is a voluntary fuel quality assurance program that includes procedures for fuel storage, handling and management aimed at ensuring biodiesel fuel quality throughout the distribution system. To date, 11 companies are BQ-9000 accredited, with another seven undergoing the process.