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altdiesel -- Requested Participation on Biodiesel Workgroup Posted: 29 Mar 2007 12:17:12
Dear Biodiesel Stakeholders: We are tasked to develop biodiesel specifications and to develop a biodiesel strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the 2009 timeframe. To achieve these objectives, test programs to determine the impact of biodiesel on exhaust emissions and a study to evaluate strategies to mitigate possible increases in oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions, need to be completed by the end of 2008. Additionally, State funding for these studies needs to be encumbered by June 2007. Our intent at this time is to contract with the University of California at Riverside to conduct the studies. Although the process for funding the contract is underway, the contract will be structured to allow for external input to design and conduct the studies. We are requesting that interested stakeholders (with technical expertise) participate on an advisory committee to provide guidance in developing and conducting the studies. Other invited members of the committee would be the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Renewable Laboratory, the National Biodiesel Board, and interested California government agencies. For the biodiesel emissions study, some of the key areas we are seeking input is in the test design, engine selection, fuel, and blend levels. For the NOx mitigation study, we are seeking input especially in the test design for fuel additives, fuel specification blending (match blending), and possible second generation biofuels that may be produced in refinery processes. We envision that the advisory committee will have a role in influencing the direction and conduct of the studies. In addition to participating on the advisory committee, we are seeking in-kind contributions from all stakeholders in providing engines, vehicles, fuels, and fuel analysis for the studies. We hope you will choose to participate in our research studies. If you would like to participate on the advisory committee please send your interests by email to Ms. Aubrey Sideco at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the advisory committee or the biodiesel emissions study, please contact Mr. Gary M. Yee, Manager, Industrial Section by email at email@example.com or call at (916) 327-5986. Sincerely, Gary Yee Dear ARB Internet User, The ARB is asking regular website users to take a few minutes to complete a brief survey about their experiences with our site. Your participation will help us improve our website to serve you better. Thank you. Link to Survey: http://www.zoomerang.com/recipient/survey-intro.zgi?p=WEB2268J5JUSSD