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Hands-On Training Featured at Union Pacific Ethanol Safety Conference

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Omaha, Neb., May 20, 2010 – Hands-on safety training was a key feature at Union Pacific's recent ethanol rail safety conference.  Approximately 85 participants representing more than 30 ethanol shippers traveled from a 500-mile radius to attend.

Joined by equipment supplier GATX, Union Pacific educated customers on the railroad's safety and security measures. Key areas of focus included:

  • Non-accident release reduction
  • Emergency response techniques
  • Safe loading and unloading procedures

"Safety is one of our core values and hosting this conference gave us the opportunity to teach ethanol shippers how they can embrace the same safety focus that supports our commitment to provide safe, efficient and reliable service to our customers," said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific vice president and general manager - Agricultural Products. "Union Pacific is proud to be part of an industry that safely delivers more than 99.99 percent of hazmat shipments to their destination without a release caused by a train accident."

GATX provided a tank car for the hands-on training session that demonstrated safe practices for transferring ethanol to tank cars. The conference also featured a panel discussion with industry safety experts including representatives from Union Pacific, the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition and the Federal Railroad Administration.

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. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive 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.

Media contact:  Tom Lange at (402) 544-3560 or tomlange@up.com.

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