Tour Focuses on Transporting Ethanol Safely

Omaha, Neb., September 04, 2007 – Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, Nebraska Trucking Association, Nebraska Emergency Management Association and Hazmat Response, Inc. are sponsoring a Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER) tour in Nebraska September 5 - 22 to educate emergency responders in several cities about the safe and secure transportation of ethanol.

TRANSCAER is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities prepare for an effective response in the unlikely event there is a transportation incident involving hazardous materials.  Because ethanol shipments continue to increase in the Midwest, this safety tour focuses on the safe and secure transportation of this flammable liquid.

"The tour is an opportunity for our employees and our chemical customers to share the latest response and tank car repair techniques with local emergency responders to help prepare them in the unlikely event they would have to respond to an transportation incident involving ethanol," said Lou Wagner, Union Pacific’s general director-chemical transportation.

TRANSCAER tours traditionally have focused on the transportation of all hazardous materials; however, this tour is concentrating on ethanol shipments.

"With ethanol plants being built across the Midwest at such a fast pace, educating our customers and those that load ethanol into the tank cars about proper loading techniques and tank car securement can help prevent non-accident ethanol leaks as well," Wagner said.

This is the second tour in as many years in the Midwest focusing on ethanol shipments. Last year’s tour was in Kansas and one is being planned for Iowa in 2008.

Training sessions for the emergency responders include classroom training, as well as hands-on tank car repairs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The Nebraska TRANSCAER tour schedule is:

  • September 5 – Scottsbluff – BNSF tracks
                          Corner of Broadway and Railway Avenues
  • September 8 – McCook – BNSF tracks
                          111 South Railway Access
  • September 10 – Hastings – BNSF tracks
                            Brickyard Park (D and Woodland Ave.)
  • September 13 and 14 – Lincoln – BNSF tracks
                                       201 North 7th Street (Lincoln Station near Haymarket)
  • September 19 and 20 – Omaha – Union Pacific tracks
                                       6848 F Street
  • September 21 – Columbus – Union Pacific tracks 
                            12th Street and 28th Avenue
  • September 22 – North Platte – Union Pacific Bailey Yard
                            near Front Street and N. Splinter Road 

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

About BNSF Railway

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE:BNI), BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks, with about 31,500 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, carries the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulfur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at www.bnsf.com.

For more information, contact Union Pacific: Mark Davis at (402) 544-5459,
For more information, contact BNSF: Steve Forsberg at (913) 551-4479

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