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Hands-On Training Feature of Union Pacific's Ethanol Safety Conference

Omaha, Neb., May 10, 2013 – Hands-on safety training was a key feature at Union Pacific's recent ethanol rail safety conference. Approximately 90 participants representing more than 15 ethanol shippers traveled from a 500-mile radius to participate.

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

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

"Strong attendance at the ethanol rail safety conference is a clear indication that our customers share Union Pacific's commitment to safety and understand the direct correlation between safe operations and exceptional service," said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific vice president and general manager – Agricultural Products. "To provide the utmost value to conference participants, we collaborated with world-class instructors, using state-of-the-art training tools."

GATX provided a tank car for the 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.

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Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2012, Union Pacific invested $18 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure, including a record $3.7 billion in 2012. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

Union Pacific media contact: Elizabeth Hutchison at 402-544-8433 or eehutchi@up.com

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