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Eye On Biodiesel Awards

Several of the Eye on Biodiesel Awards were presented during the opening general session today. We will have additional award presentations during each of the next two days. Here are today’s awards. The winners are pictured with Gary Haer, REG, Chairman, NBB and Joe Jobe, CEO, NBB.

Industry Partnership: US Environmental Protection Agency, Paul Argyropoulos and the Office of Transportation and Air Quality. The EPA has taken a strong leadership role in creating a workable renewable fuels program under the Clean Air Act that meets the intent of Congress to stimulate domestically produced, alternative fuels. “Throughout the past four years, NBB has worked with EPA on implementation of the program and we appreciate their willingness to listen to our industry in making critical policy decisions,” said Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. “The agency’s balanced, professional oversight has ensured that the nation is meeting the goals that Congress envisioned, including strong, sustainable growth in Biomass-based Diesel production.”

Listen to the Paul’s remarks here: Paul Argyropoulos Remarks

Initiative: Brent Hajek, Hajek Motorsports. “Just because it’s ‘green’ doesn’t mean it’s slow.” That’s the mantra of Brent Hajek, owner of Hajek Motorsports and record-setting driver of the 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck that sped to an amazing new 182 mph land speed record running on a 20 percent (B20) biodiesel blend at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last summer. Hajek set out to prove that B20 isn’t only cleaner and greener, but it has the ability to perform better than petroleum diesel even under the most demanding conditions.

Listen to the Brent’s remarks here: Brent Hajek Remarks

Influence: Tom Lubas, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The Port Authority has been a strong biodiesel supporter and user since 2000 using B20 in all their diesel vehicles used to maintain famous New York and New Jersey locations such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, the World Trade Center and JFK International airport. Their biodiesel fueling network includes 12 onsite fueling locations in addition to a network of off-site retail service stations. Their strong commitment to biodiesel remains an example for fleets across the country.

Listen to the Tom’s remarks here: Tom Lubas Remarks

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2012 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album

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