Standards program adds Dry Creek Products, Pacific Coast Pellets
The Pellet Fuels Institute announced the qualification of two pellet fuels producers to the PFI Standards Program. Pacific Coast Pellets of Shelton, Washington, and Dry Creek Products of Arcade, New York, are now able to display the program’s Quality Mark on their product bags. The PFI Standards Program is a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel, now representing 23 pellet fuels producers with 36 pellet production facilities among them.
“We are proud to welcome Pacific Coast Pellets and Dry Creek Products into the PFI Standards Program,” said Chris Amey, chairman of the PFI board ofdDirectors. “We now have qualified pellet producers located in 20 states plus Quebec, Canada. With every new qualification, consumers have better access to pellets that are produced in independently accredited facilities. The Quality Mark on the bag lets a consumer know that they are purchasing fuel from an independently evaluated pellet producer. If you’re not sure, ask your retailer about how to identify the Quality Mark on pellet bags. We look forward to many more PFI Standards Program members.
In qualifying for the Standards Program, Pacific Coast Pellets and Dry Creek Products join companies with previously qualified facilities, including New England Wood Pellet, Curran Renewable Energy, American Wood Fibers, Lignetics Inc., Marth Peshtigo Pellet Co., Forest Energy Corp., Indeck Ladysmith, Energex, Spearfish Pellet Co., Smith Flooring, Michigan Wood Fuels LLC, Trae Fuels Ltd., Somerset Pellet Fuel, Northeast Wood Products, Georgia Biomass, Snow Timber Pellets, Colombo Energy, Appalachian Wood Pellets, Instantheat Wood Pellets, Fiber Energy Products and Fiber By-Products.
PFI Standards Program participants can display the PFI Quality Mark on their pellet bags, signifying their qualification to the program requirements. This quality mark demonstrates to consumers that the product comes from a facility that submits its product to regular third party audits by an independent accredited auditing agency and testing laboratory. Random audits are regularly performed at production facilities to ensure qualified companies are following a quality control program. Wood pellets are tested according to the program specifications, also on a monthly basis. By taking these steps, participants ensure that their pellet quality remains consistent.
Pacific Coast Pellets and Dry Creek Products were both qualified by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection. For information on qualifying for the program, the first step is to contact an accredited auditing agency, a list of which can be find on PFI’s website.