Any and all RFA members are invited to participate in the association’s various committees. To join a committee, please call the RFA office or email info@EthanolRFA.org
- Technical Committee
- Co-Products Committee
- Environmental Compliance Committee
- Plant & Employee Safety Committee
- Export Committee
Accurate and reliable information regarding the production, blending, distribution, and performance of ethanol fuels can mean the difference between success and failure. The RFA Technical Committee focuses heavily on fuel specifications and standards such as ASTM International, National Conference of Weights and Measures, ISO, Canadian General Standards Board, and other international fuel requirements. RFA members and staff continue to be recognized for their meaningful contributions within these standards development organizations. Technical committee members can, without hesitation, count on the RFA committee chairs and staff to properly inform and answer fuel quality, storage and handling concerns that impact operations of ethanol facilities. Fuel quality concerns, engine research projects, international blending practices, and state and regional regulations are just a sampling of the topics this committee monitors.
Existing to examine and provide guidance on the myriad of environmental regulations ethanol production facilities face, the priority of the RFA Environmental Compliance Committee is to protect the environment while providing a forum for navigating the complex regulations imposed on this industry. Topics that routinely discussed include Federal and State permitting requirements, compliance reporting and the readiness of facilities for regulatory inspections. This committee’s highly technical discussion is extraordinarily valuable in helping familiarize producers with environmental regulations relevant to the ethanol industry and ensuring their facilities remain compliant.
The safety of ethanol production, transportation, consumer use and emergency response is a priority for the RFA Plant & Employee Safety Committee. This committee has been extraordinarily proactive by working with federal, state and local governments as well as industry partners, to bring much needed attention to hazardous materials regulations and other safety requirements. RFA Committee members are kept up to date on Department of Transportation HAZMAT regulations, OSHA compliance standards, and continuous education opportunities. Safety Committee members support the development of nationwide ethanol safety seminars; these learning opportunities are offered free of charge to emergency responders through the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) and the TRANSCAER initiatives. Safety throughout the process of getting ethanol from production facilities to consumers without incident is a high priority for RFA members. Evaluating the entire distribution chain for improvements to safety and handling are a hot topic. Currently, ethanol is transported using all transportation modes: truck, railcar, barge, ship and pipeline. For more information, please visit our Plant Safety Information page
This committee assesses opportunities and challenges in growing international demand for U.S. ethanol. The group advocates for free and fair trade policies, examines technical and regulatory barriers, interacts with U.S. trade officials, and monitors data and trends in the global trade.