RFA releases ethanol release prevention, mitigation guide

By Renewable Fuels Association | March 08, 2013

In support of the ethanol industry and targeting emergency responders everywhere, the Renewable Fuels Association partnered with Pinnacle Engineering, Inc., in authoring “Fuel Ethanol: Guideline for Release Prevention and Impact Mitigation.” This guideline is a discussion of the best practices for preventing releases of fuel ethanol into the environment, the likely impacts if a release should occur, and mitigation techniques to address a release. Millions of shipments of ethanol travel safe and without incident every day throughout the U.S.; however, in the unlikely event of an ethanol release, RFA has developed this guide for emergency responders realizing that quick action can minimize the impact to the environment.

“RFA’s commitment to safety and education is unmatched; we are listening to the emergency response community and developing educational tools and opportunities for them on a continuous basis,” said Kristy Moore, vice president of Technical Services and Co-Chair of the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition. RFA, as a national sponsor of TRANSCAER, is rolling out a national training tour on ethanol emergency response that plans to hold training events in all 50 states. The new Release Prevention Guide will be included in “The Ethanol Training Tour” by TRANSCAER.

The RFA worked with Pinnacle Engineering on the Guideline due to their vast experience with ethanol, emergency response and cleanup efforts, engineering skills and regulatory knowledge. “This is just one more way that Pinnacle can support the fuel ethanol industry,” said Jim Holland, CEO of Pinnacle.

The new Release Prevention Guide is the perfect pairing to the widely distributed “Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.” This industry guide not only promotes practices for preventing release of ethanol into the environment but also details the likely impacts if a release does occur and the techniques to mitigate a release. The information is intended for producers and transporters of ethanol, as well as the broad emergency response community which includes environmental clean-up contractors, local emergency planning committees, fire departments, and more. The Ethanol Release Prevention Guidelines are presented in a practical format that a producer or transporter can use to take action at facilities and transport operations, both prior to and after releases.

See the full Guideline here. The Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response is available here. More information about the national training tour by TRANSCAER is available here.