Ethanol Production

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Ethanol production is a multifaceted operation. From the processing and storage of incoming raw materials through to the storage and shipment of the final products, many industrial processes come into play. Ethanol production combines aspects of both the grain handling and chemical production industries.

Despite producers’ claims that they’ll use the best available technology and pay strictest attention to safety procedures, human error and mechanical failure must be taken into account when considering potential hazards to employees and the surrounding community.

Table of Contents

  1. Public Relations as part of the ethanol production machinery
  2. What is Ethanol?
  3. Water issues
  4. Some industrial considerations
  5. Notes in passing regarding the Delta-T Corporation,
  6. More industrial considerations
  7. General information from other States

"Bad news is all the wind can carry"

Public Relations as part of the ethanol production machinery

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Plumes billow from tall stacks in this photo of an ethanol plant in Monroe, WI

In October, 2002, the plant started operation. As seen in this photo, ethanol is being manufactured in Monroe, WI !

The above photo and breathless caption appeared on the Wisconsin & Southern R.R. web site in October of 2002 only to be replaced a short while later by the photo below, re-using the same caption. A simple case of greenwashing .

A small plume is visible in this photo of an ethanol plant in operation in Monroe, WI

Billowing smokestacks no longer inspire the feelings of pride and accomplishment evoked at the dawn of the Industrial Age. Today, the sight of billowing smokestacks is more likely to provoke fear and loathing in communities surrounding such plants.

Ethanol Production Issues

What is Ethanol?

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Water issues

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Some industrial considerations

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Notes in passing regarding the Delta-T Corporation,

More industrial considerations

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General information from other States

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