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National Expert to Speak at November Ethanol Board Meeting

November 19, 2014

Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition executive director, will speak about the Urban Air Initiative and other biofuel industry challenges at the Nebraska Ethanol Board meeting Monday, Nov. 24.

In conjunction with the Urban Air Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing harmful emissions from gasoline to improve public health, Durante has been working with Nebraska policymakers advocating for cleaner, renewable fuels. Durante’s national ethanol advocacy efforts and his relationship with the Nebraska ethanol industry span more than 35 years. He frequently consults on international biofuel projects including initiatives which focus on the use of biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

During the last several years, research collected by the Urban Air Initiative shows how toxic compounds called aromatics, which are added to gasoline to boost octane, are causing a host of respiratory illnesses in urban populations. Durante advocates for a cleaner alternative – ethanol – which is a natural octane enhancer and a clean, low-carbon fuel choice.

Durante, a veteran of biofuel policy and ethanol market development, is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and represents members of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition on Capitol Hill. Previously, he served as an ethanol advisor to members of Congress and as a technical and policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Ethanol Board meeting will be held at Country Inn and Suites in Lincoln at 9 a.m. Durante will speak at approximately 10 a.m. The agenda also includes:

A. Call Meeting to Order

B. Approval of Agenda

C. Minutes

D. Budget Status Report

E. Expenditure Policy Update

F. Hunter Flodman – Technical Advisor Designation

G. Doug Durante – RFS2 Outlook and Perspective Presentation

H. CFDC Membership Request

I. Husker Motorsports Report and Funding Request

J. Marketing Programs

K. NEIC Contract Renewal

L. State and Federal Legislation

M. Ethanol Plant Reports

N. Chair’s Report

O. Administrator’s Report

P. Working Lunch

Q. Election of Officers

R. Travel Reports and Authorization

S. Next Meeting Date

T. Adjourn

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