RFA Emphasizes Importance of Safety in Transporting Ethanol to Market

Date Posted: June 15, 2009

Recently, incidents in North Carolina and California involving ethanol and thought-to-be ethanol tanker trucks have brought the issue of safety to the fore.

Specifically, the tragic accident involving a tanker truck carrying a yet to be specified fuel near Long Beach, California is a very real reminder that, while all accidents cannot be avoided, many can be prevented and their impacts mitigated.

Safety is the top priority of this industry and a responsibility it takes very seriously.

On behalf of the RFA staff and its members, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the driver of that truck who lost his life in the accident.

Such a tragedy refocuses attention on safety procedures and protocols with respect to various transportation fuels, including fuel ethanol.

America's ethanol industry welcomes such a focus.

Through the RFA, the industry has developed a wide array of materials detailing safety procedures and protocols to be followed to prevent accidents and, in the rare instance a spill or fire occurs, to respond.

In cooperation with the federal government, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, pipeline and transportation companies, and firefighting technology providers, the RFA formed the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) to be a clearinghouse for important safety information as it relates to ethanol production and ethanol-blended fuels.

While tragedies such as the one in California do happen, transportation of ethanol and other flammable materials is extraordinarily safe.

More then 50,000 truck shipments of such materials occur daily.

The RFA and the ethanol industry are sensitive to the needs of the first response community and is responding with top of the line ethanol response information and first class training programs.

Take the time to visit ethanolresponse.com and ethanolrfa.org/industry/resources/safety/?ec.

It may help prevent future accidents from occurring.

For more information, call 202-289-3835.

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