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AAR honors BNSF's Staley for 'environmental excellence'


The rail industry’s top environmental professional award soon will rest in the hands of a BNSF Railway Co. worker in Topeka, Kan. Today, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) named Lyle Staley, BNSF’s manager of environmental program development, winner of the North American Environmental Employee Excellence Award.

The award recognizes a railroad environmental professional’s contributions to the rail industry.

A 39-year rail industry veteran, Staley was instrumental in obtaining American Chemistry Council certification for BNSF's Responsible Care Management System, the AAR said. He fostered a team leadership approach that resulted in estimated savings of $670,000 and developed a database to estimate locomotive emissions and ensure emissions meet government requirements.

“Staley’s work in fuel conservation and spill prevention has resulted in not only successful conservation, but also a cleaner environment,” AAR officials said in a prepared statement. “A number of his programs that were originally developed for just one BNSF facility have now been implemented elsewhere on the 32,000-mile railway system.”

Staley was one of six railroad employees nominated for the award. The other nominees were John Calhoun, a CSX Transportation environmental engineer; Stella Karnis, Canadian National Railway Co.’s corporate manager for site assessments; James Levy, Union Pacific Railroad’s program manager-site remediation; Camille Ross, Amtrak’s senior environmental health and safety coordinator; and Paul Williams, Norfolk Southern Railway’s assistant manger-hazmat and environmental.