across departments will increase in both the short and
the long term.
● Supportive and consistent federal policies will further
accelerate production and hiring.
The complete executive summary is available at http://
Finally: ePa on RFs volumes
for 2014, 2015, 2016
In April 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
announced a proposed consent decree in litigation brought
against EPA by the American Petroleum Institute and the Ameri-can Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers that would establish
the following schedule for issuing Renewable Fuel Standards for
2014 and 2015:
● By June 1, the agency will propose volume require-
ments for 2015;
● By November 30, EPA will issue final volume require-
ments for 2014 and 2015 and resolve a pending waiver
petition for 2014.
Outside the scope of the consent decree, EPA also commits
● Propose the RFS volume requirements for 2016 by
June 1, and make them final by November 30;
● Propose and make the RFS biomass-based diesel
volume requirement for 2017 final on the same sched-
● Re-propose volume requirements for 2014, by June 1,
2015, that reflect the volumes of renewable fuel that
were actually used in 2014.
The agency also said it intends to issue a Federal Register
notice allowing the public to comment on the proposed consent
decree. That notice had not been published by the time Inform
went to press. For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/
EPA ALSO WITHDRAWS FINAL RULE ON
6 BIOBASED CHEMICALS
In other agency action, the EPA withdrew a Direct Final Rule
for Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from
Reporting Additional Chemical Data on March 30, 2015. The
direct final rule, issued in January 2015, would have exempted
manufacturers of six biobased diesel chemicals from reporting
processing and use information for the compounds under the
Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. The EPA decision to
withdraw the rule was in response to a single comment posted
during the short comment period, according to BRAG (Bio-based and Renewable Advocacy Group; Washington, DC,
Kathleen Roberts, BRAG’s executive director, stated,
Viridis moves ahead
“Albeit disappointing, the response is not unexpected given
the strict procedures associated with direct final rules. EPA has
stated it plans to proceed with a proposed rulemaking to list
the chemicals soon and we will urge them to move as quickly as
possible. Our hope is EPA can complete the rulemaking process
in time for the next reporting CDR cycle, which starts in June
Until the new rule is completed, manufacturers of the six
affected biobased diesel chemicals should be prepared to submit
processing and use information under the CDR in 2016. The
CAS registry descriptions of the six chemicals are: fatty acids,
tallow, Me esters; fatty acids, C14–18 and C16–18-unsaturated,
Me esters; fatty acids, C16-18 and C-18-unsaturated, Me esters;
soybean oil, Me esters; fatty acids, canola oil, Me esters; fatty
acids, corn oil, Me esters.
Viridis Fuels, a biodiesel firm in Oakland, California, USA, has
received a $3.4 million grant from the state of California. Four
Crimson Renewable Energy LP, Commu-nity Fuels, AltAir Fuels LLC, and UrbanX Renewables Group
Inc.—were also included in the award.
Viridis Fuels plans to build what it calls “America’s most
visible biodiesel plant,” as its project site is situated in the Port of
Oakland—the fifth busiest shipping container port in the United
States—at the foot of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge five
minutes from San Francisco where more than 225,000 drivers
cross on most days, Viridis Fuels President Mario Juarez told
The company envisions a unique biodiesel plant design,
aesthetically speaking, with a sleek wall of LED lighting obscur-ing the tankage and process equipment. Viridis intends to gain
project partnerships with diesel auto manufacturers, displaying
their vehicles on the LED wall and illuminating the benefits of
both biodiesel fuel and clean diesel technology.
“You need to be creative in today’s market,” Juarez said.
Viridis Fuels has chosen SRS Engineering to provide a
turnkey operation that will utilize low-quality, low-cost feed-
stock for manufacturing up to 20 million gallons/year (MMgy)
of biodiesel and 4 MMgy of technical-grade glycerin. The SRS
Engineering biodiesel process at Viridis Fuels will include
degumming, bleaching, cold soak filtration, transesterification
and esterification, patented resin purification, and removal of
sulfur and heavy metals.
Viridis Fuels has a long-term land lease agreement for its
project site in the port, one that has already been approved by
the California Natural Resources Agency under the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
“Gaining CEQA approval was our biggest environmental
hurdle,” Juarez said.
He added that the city of Oakland has provided only one
franchisee—Oakland Maritime Support Services—approval for
the next 35 years to sell fuel to the 10,000 diesel trucks entering
the port daily. Juarez said Viridis has signed an agreement to sell
up to 5 MMgy of its biodiesel for distribution in the port as B20
(20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel).
With such high truck traffic in and out of the port, it is
hoped that biodiesel blends from Viridis Fuels can help clean
the air for local residents who, according to Juarez, suffer inor-dinately high rates of asthma. n