Keeping Exports on the Move

Cindy Zimmerman

With yet another record grain crop this year, having the transportation infrastructure to keeping it moving is more important than ever. “Transportation is everything,” said Ken Eriksen with Informa Economics at this week’s Export Exchange, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the U.S. Grains Council. Eriksen says grain exports are expected to set a record this year at …

Audio, corn, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Export Exchange, Exports, RFA, transportation

Manito Transit Greens Its Transportation

Joanna Schroeder

Manito Transit is now transporting goods throughout the Midwest with a greener footprint. The GROWMARK subsidiary transports fuels, fertilizers, crop protection products and more via tank trucks, and has just become a member of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program. The SMARTWAY registrants work with the EPA and adopt tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use. …

Clean Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, GROWMARK, transportation

Cause of Ethanol Train Derailment Probed

Cindy Zimmerman

Federal investigators are looking into why seven ethanol tanker cars derailed in South Dakota over the weekend. No one was injured in the derailment that occurred early Saturday morning, but at least one of the cars caught fire in the accident involving a 98-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad train. Senate Transportation Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) is watching the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, transportation

RFA Honored with 3rd TRANSCAER Award

Cindy Zimmerman

For the third year in a row the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was awarded the annual TRANSCAER® Achievement Award for its work training first responders for ethanol-related emergencies. The award is given to “recognize the achievements of individuals, companies, and organizations which have gone beyond the normal call of duty to advocate, demonstrate and implement the principles of TRANSCAER®.” The …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, transportation

DOT Announces New Rail Car Standards

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a final rule for the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail. The final rule, developed in coordination with Canada, focuses on “safety improvements that are designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident, and support emergency response.” “Safety has been our top priority at every step in the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFA, transportation

DOT Issues Energy Transportation Actions

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), together with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has announced a package of targeted actions to address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail. The volume of crude oil being shipped by rail has increased exponentially in …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, transportation

Forum to Address Ag’s Challenges in Transportation

John Davis

News of too few rail cars to move this year’s grain harvest from farming areas to consumers has grabbed the headlines most recently, but agriculture and rural America are facing several other transportation issues this year. Farm Foundation will look to address some key issues, including the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure, which is also important to the movement of biofuels …

Farm Foundation, Farming, transportation

RSI-CTC Calls for Rail Rulemaking Harmonization

Joanna Schroeder

The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in response to efforts to create new regulations for the shipment of crude oil and ethanol. While RSI-CTC is glad of the government’s work, they are warning of significant disruption to safety and major sectors of the North …

biofuels, Ethanol, safety, transportation

Ethanol Report with New RFA Chairman

Cindy Zimmerman

Randall Doyal, General Manager and CEO of Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel, is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Doyal’s plant located in Claremont, Minnesota opened in 1996 and now produces 50 million gallons annually. In this interview, he talks about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the ethanol industry in the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, Exports, RFA, RFS, transportation

Railways Not Required to Report Ethanol Delays

Cindy Zimmerman

A few weeks ago, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) directed Canadian Pacific Railway Company and BNSF Railway Company to report their plans to resolve the backlogs of grain car orders and to submit weekly status reports on grain car service. However, the order failed to address rail service problems for the delivery of ethanol, and Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, transportation