EPA publishes manual for biodiesel producers

By Ryan C. Christiansen | November 13, 2008
Web exclusive posted Nov. 19, 2008 at 11:17 a.m. CST

The U.S. EPA has published a compliance assistance manual for biodiesel producers.

Published by the EPA's Region 7 Biofuels Work Group, the manual titled "Environmental Laws Applicable to Construction and Operation of Biodiesel Production Facilities" provides information about federal environmental programs and the roles that federal, state, and local agencies play in relation to companies interested in designing, building, and operating biodiesel manufacturing facilities.

The publication addresses wastewater permits and spill prevention under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, air operating permits under the Clean Air Act, as well as hazardous waste management under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Pollution Prevention Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. The manual also covers federal renewable fuels standard (RFS) program registration, renewable identification number (RIN) registration, blending, exporting, record-keeping requirements and the management of crude glycerin. The publication includes practical examples for complying with environmental regulations and includes a directory of key federal and state officials.

The manual is available online at: www.epa.gov/region07/priorities/agriculture/biodiesel_manual.pdf.
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