The National Biodiesel Board has issued what it's calling a
"winter weather advisory," saying there's a lot of biodiesel out there that
doesn't meet the industry standards against gelling and clogging.
In a press release, the board said tests that were conducted
during a nine-month period ending in July 2006 found that one-third of the test
samples failed to meet specifications.
The Biodiesel Board's CEO called the results "unacceptable"
and urged biodiesel users to make sure they're buying fuel that is BQ-9000
BQ-9000 is the industry's own term for fuel that conforms to
the criteria of the American Standards of Testing and Materials.
addition to issuing the board's winter advisory, the biodiesel industry has
developed an online" Fuel Quality Enforcement Guide" (click here
that provides guidance for anyone who has concerns that a company might not be
producing fuel to the proper specifications.
Report out-of-spec biodiesel to the proper authorities,
which can be found in the National Biodiesel Board's "State Fuel Quality Index"
Truckers can find a list of BQ-9000 accredited producers and
certified marketers on the Internet at www.bq-9000.org.