Ethanol Safety Seminar Offered by RFA

John Davis

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), along with Norfolk Southern Corp., CN Railway and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) will co-host an Ethanol Safety Seminar on August 22nd in Decatur, IL. The free seminar will give first responders, hazmat personnel, safety teams and the general public in-depth information on proper training techniques needed to effectively respond to an ethanol-related emergency.

“Ethanol is the highest volume commodity transported by rail each year,” said David Schoendorfer, Manager of Hazardous Materials for Norfolk Southern Corp. “In the event of an incident, it is imperative that local emergency responders are prepared, and providing this training is part of our community outreach effort to ensure they are.”

“Focusing on emergency measures to take in the event of an incident involving ethanol products is an important part of preplanning,” said Scott McLeod, Sr. Dangerous Goods Officer for CN Railway.

“Safety is a primary focus for the ethanol industry as this fuel is the number one hazardous material shipped on U.S. railways,” said Matt Bruns, VP of Corn Processing for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). “The Ethanol Safety Seminar focuses on numerous aspects of responding to an ethanol-related incident, helping those first on the scene to easily assess the situation and react appropriately.”

To register for one of the two seminars offered between 9:00am to 2:00pm and from 5:30-10:00pm on August 22nd, click here.

Other Ethanol Safety Seminars throughout 2012 are scheduled in Defiance, OH on August 29th; Willmar, MN on September 9th; Pittsburgh, PA on September 13th; Elgin, IL on October 2nd; Bessemer, AL on October 29th; and Fort Worth, TX on November 29th.

More information on ethanol emergency responses is available at

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