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Union Pacific Railroad Earns Fourth Consecutive TRANSCAER National Achievement Award

Omaha, Neb., April 25, 2011 – Union Pacific Railroad has earned the prestigious TRANSCAER National Achievement Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes extraordinary achievement in support of the TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) initiative. TRANSCAER is the voluntary national outreach effort to help communities prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.

In 2010, Union Pacific organized or participated in multiple events to promote TRANSCAER's activities and encourage community involvement. In addition to coordinating various drills to ensure community preparedness, Union Pacific conducted 61 training events in 2010,reaching more than 3,300 participants, and provided TRANSCAER information to more than 1,000 public response agencies. Union Pacific also supports Community Advisory Panels, which serve as forums for interacting with citizens and community leaders.

"Our employees, friends and families live and work in these communities, so we understand how important it is to continuously enhance our safety efforts," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president - Safety, Security and Environment. "Rail is the safest form of freight transportation and everyone at Union Pacific understands our obligation under federal law to transport chemicals and hazardous materials. We take that responsibility very seriously."

"Being recognized by peers for our TRANSCAER involvement is a tremendous honor," said Diane Duren, Union Pacific vice president and general manager - Chemicals. "We make significant investments of time and money to enhance transportation safety. Union Pacific will continue to help prepare emergency responders for a possible incident and remains committed to safely transporting hazardous materials."

Some of Union Pacific's most significant TRANSCAER-related activities in 2010 included:

  • Railroad hazmat response training in Tucson, Ariz., a five-day event with multiple agencies serving the Tucson area.
  • The Placer County mass casualty hazmat exercise in Roseville, Calif.
  • Union Pacific tank car safety training courses in Pueblo, Colo., and Longview, Texas, consisting of a 40-hour course for public responders.
  • A three-day TRANSCAER safety train training event in Chicago.
  • An AHC1 training and drill exercise in Livonia, La.
  • A TRANSCAER training tour with stops in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Founded in 1986 by Union Pacific and The Dow Chemical Company, TRANSCAER has grown to include other railroads and chemical producers and distributors, trucking companies, emergency response contractors and trade associations and includes the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Management Office of Transportation as a partner.

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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