- Technical Committee
- Environmental Compliance Committee
- Co-Products Committee
- Plant & Employee Safety 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 imipact the day to day operations of ethanol biorefineries. Fuel quality concerns, engine research projects, international blending practices, and state and regional regulations are just a sampling of the topics this committee monitors. Committee publications can be found HERE.
Environmental Compliance Committee
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 lead the agenda include EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule, Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirements and the readiness of facilities for regulatory inspections. This committee's highly technical discussion is extraordinarily valuable in helping familiarize producers wtih environmental regulations relevant to the ethanol industry and ensuring their facilities remain compliant while offering ethanol as the greatest solution to reduce greenouse gases worldwide.
The ethanol industry produces more than just renewable fuel. Biorefineries across the country also produce distillers grains, corn distillers oil, corn gluten, CO2 and other products. The RFA Co-Products Committee focuses on issues relevant to all ethanol co-products, from research and educational programs to regulatory issues and trade. Members are involved daily in the production and marketing of co-products, making this committee an excellent forum for exchanging ideas and information.
Plant & Employee Safety Committee
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 te 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.