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Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry Selects Union Pacific Railroad for Its 2011 Environmental Excellence Award

Original Press Release Issued by Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry

Twin Falls, Idaho, June 13, 2011 – The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI) presented Union Pacific Railroad with its 2011 Environmental Excellence Award during IACI's 37th Annual Conference in Twin Falls.

First presented in 1997, the IACI Environmental Excellence Award provides recognition to businesses which, through innovative environmental leadership and accomplishment, have achieved outstanding results in environmental protection and enhancement.  All businesses operating in Idaho are eligible for the award, including non-IACI members.

This year, Union Pacific Railroad is recognized for going beyond required compliance in Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans, permit requirements for wastewater treatment facilities and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans by making capital investments and process changes to decrease pollution and more efficiently use natural resources throughout the state.

Union Pacific Railroad's recent environmental achievements in Idaho include construction of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.  This remediation and redevelopment project spans the Panhandle of Idaho for almost 72 miles, bringing environmental and economic benefits to communities along the Trail.  The Trail is a distinctive example of Union Pacific's innovation, environmental leadership, and accomplishment of outstanding results in Idaho.

Presenting the award in front of over 70 of Idaho's business leaders and over 40 legislators and elected officials attending the IACI conference, IACI Chairman Mark Benson commended Union Pacific Railroad for being "focused on environmentally responsible business practices."

Said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific Vice President - Safety, Security and Environment, about the award, "Union Pacific is honored to accept the Environmental Excellence Award from the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry. Our ongoing development of innovative technologies and our comprehensive application of environmental strategies and practices protect the environment and the communities and customers we serve."

The Union Pacific team was selected by an independent committee chaired by Jack Lyman, Executive Director of the Idaho Mining Association. Other selection committee members were Representative Brian Cronin (D-Boise), member of the House Environment, Energy & Technology Committee, Robbin Finch, Water Quality Manager for the City of Boise; Orville Green, Administrator of the Waste Remediation Program at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality; Paul Kjellander, Commissioner for the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, and Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R-Huston), Chair of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee.

Also nominated for the 2011 award were: United Water Idaho, McCain Foods, ConAgra Foods/Lamb Weston in American Falls, and ConAgra Foods/Lamb Weston in Twin Falls. Noted Benson, "This year, our selection committee had the daunting task of selecting the best of the best.  We had five excellent companies nominated, and all their accomplishments in the environmental area are commendable."

Jayson Ronk, Vice President of IACI, said the purpose of the award is to "provide recognition of businesses which, through innovative environmental leadership and accomplishment, have achieved outstanding results in environmental protections and enhancement." 

Past recipients of the IACI Environmental Excellence Award include: Agri Beef Co., Twin Falls Canal Company, Micron Technology, Zilog, Rycair Inc., Albertson's, Basic American Foods (Shelley Plant), Melaleuca Inc., Monsanto, Hewlett-Packard, Idaho Sand & Gravel/Idaho Concrete, ConAgra/Lamb Weston and the Flying M Ranch of Ashton.

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 responsible 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, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

IACI Contact: Alex LaBeau, President; Jayson Ronk, Vice President; 208-343-1849
Union Pacific media contact: Aaron Hunt, 913-789-6019 or

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