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Union Pacific Railroad Announces Annual Pinnacle Award Winners for Chemical Transportation Safety

79 Companies Recognized

Omaha, Neb., April 11, 2011 – Union Pacific Railroad named 79 companies as annual Pinnacle Award recipients for chemical transportation safety.  The award annually recognizes Union Pacific customers that implemented successful prevention and corrective plans and achieved a rate of zero non-accident releases (NARs) for shipments of regulated hazardous materials.

"Chemical transportation safety is critical and this is Union Pacific's opportunity to acknowledge and thank our customers for their continuing efforts to eliminate chemical releases from rail cars," said Diane Duren, vice president and general manager - chemicals. "Rail is the safest way to haul the chemicals that Americans use every day, whether it is chlorine for drinking water or fertilizer for our farms that help feed the world.

"We work closely with our customers to help prevent a release during transit of chemical shipments and jointly demonstrate a commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials."

The award program, which began in 1996, is open to all Union Pacific chemical and petrochemical customers. Criteria include safe-loading techniques, securement of shipments and zero NARs.  A non-accident release is an unintentional release of hazardous material during transportation not caused by an accident or train derailment. NARs consist of leaks, splashes and other releases from improperly secured or defective valves, fittings and tank shells, and also include improper venting from safety relief devices.

Non-accident releases of hazardous material declined more than 16 percent on Union Pacific's network from 2003 - 2010, due in part to increased inspections by the railroad's hazardous materials safety field personnel and customers adhering to the Pinnacle Award criteria.

Rail is the safest way to move these materials.  In fact, 2010 was the safest year for train accidents in freight railroad history, according to preliminary data from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Union Pacific's rail network enables it to serve the large chemical complexes along the Gulf Coast. Roughly two-thirds of the company's chemical business originates, terminates or travels through this area. Union Pacific's chemical transportation network accesses chemical producers in the Rocky Mountains and on the West Coast.

Following are the 2011 Pinnacle Award recipients, based on 2010 shipments.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
AkzoNobel Chemical Company
Albemarle Corporation
Arizona Chemical Company, LLC
Arkalon Ethanol, LLC
ASHTA Chemicals, Inc.
California Ammonia Company (CALAMCO)
Canexus Chemicals Canada LP
CF Industries, Inc.
Chemtrade Logistics, Inc.
Chevron Oronite
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Chevron Products Company
Coffeyville Resources Nitrogen Fertilizers
Cytec Industries, Inc.
Devon Energy Corporation
ERCO Worldwide
FCC Environmental, LLC
FMC Corporation
Georgia Gulf Chemicals & Vinyls, LLC
Golden Grain Energy, LLC
Hawkeye Renewables
Holly Refining & Marketing
Honeywell International
Huntsman, LLC
Innophos, Inc.
International Commodities Export Corporation
Invista S.a`r.l.
Irving Oil
Johann Haltermann Ltd.
JX Nippon Chemical Texas, Inc.
Koch Nitrogen Company, LLC
Koch Sulfur Products Company, LLC
Lincolnway Energy
Marathon Petroleum Company
Merichem Company
Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
Monsanto Company
Musket Corporation
Nalco Company
NOVA Chemicals
Olin Chlor Alkali Products
OXEA Corporation
PCS Sales (USA), Inc.
Petro-Canada Lubricants, Inc.
Pioneer Oil, LLC
POET Biorefining - Ashton
POET Biorefining - Bingham Lake
POET Biorefining - Emmetsburg
POET Biorefining - Gowrie
POET Biorefining - Hudson
POET Biorefining - Jewell
POET Biorefining - Lake Crystal
SA Services, LLC
Sasol North America, Inc.
SI Group
Sierra Chemical Company
Solvay Chemicals, Inc.
Sterling Ethanol
Sun Products Corporation
Sunoco, Inc.
Taminco, Inc.
Teck Metals Ltd.
Texmark Chemicals
Thatcher Company
Transammonia, Inc.
Tribute Energy, Inc.
Univar USA
US Magnesium, LLC
Western Refining
Westlake Chemical
Yara North America, Inc.

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.

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