by Taryn Morgan (Renewable Fuels Association) ...But transportation can be unpredictable, and it is important that hazmat and safety teams, shippers, and first responders are knowledgeable and prepared in case of the rare and unfortunate incident involving ethanol.
Since December 2010, the RFA has been hosting a series of Ethanol Safety Seminars at various locations across the country to ensure that those responsible for the safety of their communities have the information they need to be prepared to respond to an ethanol emergency. These seminars initially started through a grant received from the Department of Energy, and have continued to take place due to the overwhelming interest in the seminars and the generosity of stakeholders.
... Our participant lists show we have representatives from the ethanol industry, local environmental departments, law enforcement, railroads, terminals, and most commonly, fire departments.
...At each seminar, attendees receive an overview of the physical and chemical characteristics of ethanol fuel and placard recognition. Many times, attendees tell us, this information has not been presented to them and they are unsure of where they are able to find it and unaware of the differences between ethanol and other fuels. Becoming familiar with these fuels and their labeling is essential for someone on the scene of an accident to assess the situation and decide what response is needed.
...There are 24 Ethanol Safety Seminars scheduled for the remainder of 2012. Visit www.EthanolResponse.com
for these future Ethanol Safety Seminar dates and locations and more information on ethanol emergencies. READ MORE
Ethanol Safety Seminar - Sioux City, IA - July 30, 2012
Ethanol Safety Seminar - Fort Dodge, IA - August 1, 2012
Ethanol Safety Seminar - Twin Falls, ID - August 7, 2012
Ethanol Safety Seminar - Idaho Falls, ID - August 9, 2012
You may also register for the Ethanol Safety Seminars at the following locations throughout 2012 at www.rfa.traincaster.com
8/22/2012 – Decatur, IL
Richland Community College
National Sequestration Education Center - Conference Room
3349 North President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Sponsors: CN, Norfolk Southern and ADM
8/29/2012 – Defiance, OH
Defiance County Emergency Management Agency
22491 Mill St.
Defiance, OH 43512
Sponsor: Defiance County Emergency Management Agency
9/10/2012 - Willmar, MN
Willmar Education and Arts Center
611 SW 5th St.
Willmar, MN 56201
9/13/2012 – Pittsburgh, PA
Allegheny County Emergency Services
Emergency Operations Center
400 North Lexington Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2521
10/2/2012 – Elgin, IL
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Sponsor: CN and ILRFA
10/29/2012 - Bessemer, AL
Lawson State Community College - Bessemer Campus
Ethel Hall Center for Automotive Excellence, Auditorium
1100 9th Avenue SW
Bessemer, AL 35022
11/29/2012 - Fort Worth, TX
Tarrant County College - Northwest Campus
Fire Service Training Center - Auditorium
4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Ft. Worth, TX 76179