RFA to co-host ethanol safety seminar in Decatur, Ill.

By Renewable Fuels Association | August 16, 2012

The Renewable Fuels Association, Norfolk Southern Corp., CN Railway and Archer Daniels Midland Co. will co-host an Ethanol Safety Seminar in Decatur, Ill., on August 22 at the Richland Community College in the National Sequestration Education Center. This seminar is free.  To accommodate schedules and reach as many participants as possible, the seminar features a morning session from 9:00am to 2:00pm and an evening session from 5:30-10:00pm.  Lunch and dinner will be provided.

Attendees will receive in-depth information on proper training techniques that first responders, hazmat personnel, and safety teams need to effectively respond to an ethanol-related emergency.  While primarily targeting first responders, hazmat teams, safety managers, and local emergency planning committees, it is also open to the general public.

“Ethanol is the highest volume commodity transported by rail each year,” said David Schoendorfer, manager of hazardous materials for Norfolk Southern Corp. “In the event of an incident, it is imperative that local emergency responders are prepared, and providing this training is part of our community outreach effort to ensure they are."

“Focusing on emergency measures to take in the event of an incident involving ethanol products is an important part of preplanning,” said Scott McLeod, Sr. Dangerous Goods Officer for CN Railway.  “We are happy to be able to provide this training to those who are responsible for the safety of their communities so they can be prepared should an incident occur.”

“Safety is a primary focus for the ethanol industry as this fuel is the number one hazardous material shipped on U.S. railways,” said Matt Bruns, vice president of corn processing for ADM. “The Ethanol Safety Seminar focuses on numerous aspects of responding to an ethanol-related incident, helping those first on the scene to easily assess the situation and react appropriately.”

The goal of this seminar is for attendees to gain full ethanol emergency response training experience that they can put to use immediately in the field as well as pass along to other first response teams.  A majority of this training is based on the Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response, a training package created by the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition that has been distributed throughout the United States and to several countries worldwide.

The Ethanol Safety Seminar focuses on numerous important areas of ethanol safety including an introduction to ethanol and ethanol blended fuels, chemical and physical characteristics of ethanol and hydrocarbon fuels, transportation of ethanol blended fuels, storage and dispensing locations, firefighting foam principles and ethanol, ethanol blended fuel emergencies, and incidents at tank farm and bulk storage locations. Certificates of participation will be distributed after the completion of the seminar.

To register for this seminar, go to www.rfa.traincaster.com.

The RFA will be co-hosting Ethanol Safety Seminars throughout 2012 with Norfolk Southern, CN Railway, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Defiance, Ohio County Emergency Management Agency. Scheduled Ethanol Safety Seminar locations include: Defiance, Ohio on August 29t; Willmar, Minn. on September 9; Pittsburgh, Pa. on September 13; Elgin, Ill. on October 2; Bessemer, Ala. on October 29; and Fort Worth, Texas on November 29. 

For more information on ethanol emergency response, visit the EERC website at www.EthanolResponse.com