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NS honors chemical shippers for safe hazmat practices


Norfolk Southern Railway has recognized 43 chemical customers who earned the Class I's 2020 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for safely handling products regulated as hazardous materials.

The companies are being honored for safely shipping or originating at least 1,000 carloads — a combined total of more than 156,000 carloads — over NS’s network without a single incident in 2020.

As common carriers, NS and other U.S. railroads have obligations to provide transportation for companies that manufacture or use hazardous materials in their businesses, according to a new release. Typically, these products move in tank cars owned or leased by customers, who are responsible for maintaining the cars and ensuring they are properly secured for transit.

"Against the many challenges posed by a global pandemic in 2020, their safety achievement is even more commendable," said NS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James Squires in the release. "It is a testament to their ongoing commitment to ensure the safety of employees, the communities we serve, and the environment."

For more than 25 years, NS has recognized chemical manufacturers and plants who safely handle products that are vital to U.S. consumers and businesses, but also are regulated as hazardous materials. The Chemical Safety Award aims to promote safe rail-shipping practices.

A list of this year’s winners is available here.

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