The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is organized exclusively to promote the common
business interests of those parties seeking to advance the use of biodiesel as a
fuel or fuel additive that meets ASTM standards. To advance these common interests,
the NBB will admit to membership, on a nondiscriminatory basis, any industry member
or supporter who meets the member requirements.
Whether you want to be a producer of biodiesel or are
a company that supports the biodiesel industry through
provision of goods and/or services or simply an individual that
supports biodiesel, the NBB has a lot to offer.
Producer of biodiesel
Do you want to produce biodiesel?
All producers of biodiesel are required to register with the Environmental
Protection Agency(EPA) as a fuel manufacturer if their product will be introduced
into commerce in the United States. One requirement of this registration is access
to health effects testing data on the fuel being registered. The EPA allows
this access to be given from a “group” who has completed this testing
previously and has such data on file with the EPA. The NBB completed this testing
in 1997 at a cost of nearly $2.2 million. The NBB grants access to this data to
all of its Biodiesel Processor and Small Producer members
free of charge.
When registering with the EPA, producers' must also complete forms 3520-16 and 3520-12.
The forms are to register additives and motor vehicle fuels respectively. Both forms
must be completed. To assist with accurate completion, the NBB has provided sample
forms that you may use here.
Supports the biodiesel industry
Do you sell goods and/or services to the biodiesel industry?
For companies that sell goods and/or services to the biodiesel industry, NBB has
established the Organization membership. This category
of membership is non-voting but receives all other membership privileges.
Are you an individual interested in biodiesel and the biodiesel industry?
For individuals that “have no direct economic interest” in biodiesel,
the NBB offers the Individual membership. Direct economic
interest shall mean “directly marketing a product or service either within
the biodiesel industry or to the biodiesel industry; or being an employee, officer
or Board Member or contractor to an entity that does so”. Individual membership
is non-voting, but receives all other membership privileges.
For more information about joining the National Biodiesel Board, please contact
us at 1(888) BIODIESEL.
Register with the Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that all fuel manufacturers who
will sell their fuel in the United States to register with them by completing Form
3520-12. Additional information about this process is available from the EPA Web
site at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/ffarsfrms.htm. The
EPA registration process currently requires biodiesel producers to provide a laboratory
analysis of the fuel being registered. This laboratory analysis will need to indicate
the fuel’s compliance with ASTM D6751. Due to this laboratory analysis
requirement, biodiesel producers will NOT be able to complete this registration
with the EPA until they are able to begin producing fuel. Without EPA
registration, biodiesel producers are not legally able to sell their fuel in the
United States. Once the EPA has received all required documentation, the biodiesel
producer normally will receive their registration within one month.