Union Pacific Railroad Recognizes 85 Companies for Chemical Transportation Safety
Omaha, Neb., May 05, 2014
Union Pacific Railroad named 85 companies as recipients of the annual Pinnacle Award for chemical transportation safety. The award recognizes Union Pacific customers that implemented successful prevention and corrective plans and achieved a rate of zero non-accident releases (NARs) for regulated hazardous materials shipments.
"Whether it is fertilizer that enriches our crops or the plastics used for a range of consumer packaging, Union Pacific is committed to safely transporting the chemicals Americans use every day. We work closely with our customers, providing round-the-clock support and offering training and best practices to ensure goods arrive safely at their destination," said Beth Whited, Union Pacific's vice president and general manager of Chemicals. "The Pinnacle Awards give us the opportunity to acknowledge our customers' dedication to safety and their continuing efforts to eliminate chemical releases."
The Pinnacle Award program, which began in 1996, is open to all Union Pacific hazardous material shippers, including chemical and petrochemical customers. Criteria include safe-loading techniques, shipment securement and zero NARs. A non-accident release is an unintentional release of hazardous material during transportation not caused by an accident or train derailment.
Non-accident releases of hazardous materials in tank cars have declined more than 15 percent on Union Pacific's network from 2004-2013, 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. Currently, 99.997 percent of hazmat carloads successfully reach their final destination without a release caused by an accident, according to the Association of American Railroads.
Union Pacific's rail network allows the company 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 also serves chemical producers in the Rocky Mountains and on the West Coast.
|Pinnacle Award Recipients|
|Based on 2013 Shipments|
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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 connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2004-2013, Union Pacific invested approximately $30 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. 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.
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