ZeaChem joins campaign to promote U.S. renewable fuel standard

ZeaChem, which operates a bio-refinery in Boardman, joined a national coalition to defend the renewable fuel standard.

ZeaChem, which operates a bio-refinery in Boardman, joined a national coalition to defend the renewable fuel standard.  

ZeaChem, which operates a biofuel plant in Boardman, announced Thursday it had joined a new coalition, Fuels America, to defend the U.S. renewable fuel standard.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a request to waive the standard, which requires transportation fuel to be blended with a portion of fuel made from renewable sources.

"Fuels America is built around one core idea: renewable fuel is essential to the U.S. economy, our nation’s energy security, our rural communities and the environment,” said former Congressman Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of Biotechnology Industry Organization, in a press release. “

The Fuels America campaign will be a national effort, including advertising, beginning in Washington, DC and several states, including Colorado, Ohio, Delaware and Montana. Each state will have its own online platform reachable through FuelsAmerica.org and feature the stories of renewable fuel innovators and communities with a stake in maintaining the the renewable fuels standard.

“Renewable fuel matters to everyone in Colorado, from farmers in the eastern part of the state to researchers at our universities and entrepreneurs in our clean tech economy,” said Jim Imbler, President and CEO of Lakewood, Colo.-based ZeaChem Inc.

ZeaChem, is operating a 250,000-gallon ethanol plant near Boardman, with plans to also develop a 25-million capacity commercial plant on the same site.

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