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10/27/2010


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BNSF's Clark wins AAR environmental excellence award



Yesterday, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) named BNSF Railway Co. Director of Environmental Remediation David Clark the winner of the 2010 Professional Environmental Excellence Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding performance in environmental awareness and responsibility.

Based in Topeka, Kan., Clark has 35 years of environmental experience in the rail industry and is a professional engineer. For the past 16 years, he has directed remediation activities for BNSF. Now, he oversees a staff of nine environmental professionals who handle all historical site cleanups, serve as primary contacts with environmental emergency response and oversee the environmental aspects of property transactions.

During the past several years, Clark also has established several company programs, including one that helps track expenditures and cost projections for BNSF’s $75 million annual remediation program; one that has cut $15 million in lab-related expenses during the past eight years; and one that has reduced the number of consultants working on remediation sites from 35 to 6, saving $3 million annually.

In addition, Clark has served on committees at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as on AREMA Committee 13, and the AAR Environmental Affairs and Tank Car committees.

The four other nominees for the AAR award were Linda Holmes, supervisor of environmental field services for CSX Transportation; Gary Honeyman, manager of environmental site remediation for Union Pacific Railroad; Harri Liivamägi, an environmental engineer for CN; and Susan McFaul, a field environmental specialist for Amtrak.

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