RFA receives award for emergency readiness training

By Renewable Fuels Association | May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association accepted the “2012 TRANSCAER National Achievement Award,” May 21 at the Association of American Railroads/Bureau of Explosives HazMat Seminar in Addison, Texas. RFA received the award for its commitment to the goals of TRANSCAER® and for its role in educating communities on how to handle chemical transportation emergencies. TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is a voluntary outreach initiative that works to keep communities safe and prepares them for possible hazardous transportation emergencies.

RFA’s Kristy Moore was on hand to accept the award saying, “I have worked with TRANSCAER for many years and am honored to receive this award on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association. I have been involved in planning safety seminars and know that the value of a coordinated response can be the difference between a fire and full-out disaster.”

RFA’s President and CEO Bob Dinneen stated, “The ethanol industry takes safety extremely seriously. We do everything we can to make sure local communities have safety and emergency plans in place to handle anything that comes their way. We hope they never have to use the training, but safety comes first and we are proud to be a leader by promoting safety education.”

The RFA partners with railroad companies and local industry associates to hold safety seminars on how to handle ethanol related emergencies. The seminars examine everything from how to handle tank farm and bulk storage fire incidents to the transportation and transfer of ethanol blended fuels.

The RFA began safety seminars in 2010 and continues to host sessions throughout the United States. To date, the RFA has hosted 69 safety seminars in 20 different states, including Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Tennessee. Ten more seminars are planned this year and the RFA intends to continue this important program next year. The free seminars are open to everyone, including first responders, emergency planners and the general public.

More information on ethanol safety can be found at www.ethanolresponse.com.