A Wall Lake biodiesel producer is focusing on ways to help during the global Covid-19 pandemic by making a donation for the production of hand sanitizer. Western Iowa Energy has sent a shipment of glycerin to the state for use by Iowa Prison Industries in the production of sanitizer during the nation’s shortage. They are members of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and Executive Director, Monte Shaw says his organization applauds the company’s efforts and all the other biofuel plants who are standing by to help if more production is necessary. “The whole country is working tirelessly to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and Iowa biofuels producers are proud to help in any way we can,” he says. Shaw also says that Gov. Kim Reynolds and her team deserve a lot of the credit for making this happen. “Even during this time of emergency, a number of regulatory technicalities crossing multiple federal agencies stood in our way. Thanks to the efforts of staff in Gov. Reynolds’ and Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst’s offices, we were able to overcome these hurdles that could have otherwise prevented this production of much-needed hand sanitizer.” Shaw adds the removal of those barriers will have far-reaching impact, well beyond our borders, as other states began working on similar programs after hearing of Iowa’s success. Another Iowa biofuels producer, Absolute Energy of St. Ansgar, has also made a donation of ethanol.
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