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Blue Sun Earns BQ-9000® Producer Status
Blue Sun’s St. Joseph, Missouri Biodiesel Refinery Earns Production Quality Recognition

Golden, CO, September 18, 2014 -- Blue Sun has received BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission and National Biodiesel Board. There are fewer than 50 companies that have achieved this milestone recognition.

“We have always been focused on producing the very highest quality fuel. This recognition of Blue Sun as a BQ-9000 Producer validates the focus and attention to quality fuel that our team gives every day,” said Leigh Freeman, CEO of Blue Sun.

The NBAC’s National Biodiesel Accreditation Program, BQ-9000®, is a cooperative and voluntary program for the accreditation of producers and marketers of biodiesel fuel. The program is a unique combination of the ASTM standard for biodiesel, ASTM D6751, and a quality systems program that includes storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management practices.

The Blue Sun process includes a biodiesel distillation step, which further elevates the quality of the fuel. Blue Sun fuel exceeds ASTM D6751, particularly in low contaminants including very low monoglycerides (below 0.1%) and excellent cold soak performance.

“Blue Sun consistently demonstrated for BQ-9000 accreditation high quality in all samples received and tested by Gorge Analytical,” said Jeff Fetkenhour, President of Gorge Analytical, LLC.

The Blue Sun St. Joe Refinery is a 30 million gallon per year facility centrally located in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

“From the first day of production, the St. Joe plant has followed the principles of the BQ-9000 program. Quality is important because quality leads to outstanding fuel performance, which leads to a comfort level for our customers with Blue Sun biodiesel,” said Sean Lafferty, Vice President Technology and New Business.

BQ-9000 status represents yet another achievement for Blue Sun, the company that established the first high-quality biodiesel specification and in 2004 introduced the most advanced biodiesel under the brand Fusion™.

The refinery completed their first-of-a-kind enzymatic transesterification process in late 2013. Blue Sun specializes in identifying promising technologies in renewable fuels and taking them to commercial reality.

About Blue Sun
Blue Sun has been a leader in the alternative fuels industry since 2001. Blue Sun is a technology commercialization company specializing in commercializing research breakthroughs in the field of transportation fuels. The current focus of Blue Sun is in the commercialization of advanced technologies to build near and long-term competitive advantage, with a target of producing low-cost, and consistently high-quality fuel from non-food feed stocks. Blue Sun’s ultimate goal is to reduce production costs to allow commercial production without government support. Current projects in this area include renewable diesel technology development, military bio-jet fuels, biodiesel technology upgrades at the Blue Sun St. Joe Refinery, and the acquisition of first generation biodiesel facilities to upgrade using advanced Blue Sun technology. For more information, please visit