BioWillie receives EPA award

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized organizations and individuals for their contribution to environmental protection on the West Coast last year, including Willie Nelson for his brand of biodiesel. The agency hosted its eighth annual Environmental Awards Ceremony April 18 in San Francisco to pay tribute to more than three dozen organizations and people who have helped protect and preserve that region’s environment.

Biodiesel uses natural oils and fats for production, and Nelson believes greater demand for soy and canola oils would help the American farmer. The veteran musician, songwriter, social activist and actor opened his first California biodiesel outlet in San Diego in February. Willie Nelson Biodiesel currently sells BioWillie in five states, according to the brand’s website at

Also recognized by the EPA was Greenline Industries of San Rafael, Calif., which designs and builds advanced biodiesel plants for small- to medium-sized production facilities.