Nearly every facet of the ethanol business—from production at the facility to consumption in the vehicle—is influenced by federal and state regulations. Ethanol producers face a multitude of registration, reporting, recordkeeping, and compliance requirements, and the regulatory landscape is increasingly complex. Getting “into the weeds” on important regulatory and technical issues has always been a hallmark of the RFA, and we strive to ensure our member companies know exactly how their operations—and industry—will be affected by regulation. Below is a partial list of key regulations, by agency, that influence the fuel ethanol industry daily.

1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA is responsible for developing and implementing regulations for transportation fuels sold in the United States. The Agency also regulates operations at ethanol production facilities under air, water, and storage permitting programs, as well as spill prevention, risk management, and facility response programs.

2. Department of Transportation (DOT)

DOT regulates the safe transportation of ethanol and many other materials by truck and rail. More than 90% of the ethanol produced in the United States is shipped by train or truck.

3. Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

The Department of Treasury’s TTB collects Federal excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and ammunition and to assure compliance with Federal tobacco permitting and alcohol permitting, labeling, and marketing requirements to protect consumers

4. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Department of Health & Human Services’ FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the food supply, cosmetics, and other products.

5. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

The Department of Labor’s OSHA is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation.

6. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC aims to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive, deceptive or unfair to consumers.