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2/5/2008



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BNSF becomes chemistry council-certified system user, opens redesigned Seattle yard


BNSF Railway Co. has been cleared to implement the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) continuous-improvement process. Yesterday, the railroad announced it received ACC certification to begin using the Responsible Care Management System (RCMS®).

Developed by the ACC, RCMS is an integrated, structured approach to transporting chemicals. The system covers community awareness and emergency response, security, distribution, employee health and safety, pollution prevention, process safety and product stewardship.

"The RCMS certification is another commitment BNSF has made to continuously improve standards of performance when it comes to the transportation of chemical products," said Mark Stehly, BNSF assistant vice president of environment and research and development, in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, BNSF opened its redesigned north yard at the Seattle International Gateway (SIG) on Feb. 1. The yard now provides the Class I more capacity to handle international business to and from local piers. The facility features six new tracks totaling 7,800 feet and wide-span electric rail-mounted cranes — a first on BNSF, the railroad said.


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