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UP's Pinnacle Award honors 24 chemical shippers' safety efforts

On March 19, Union Pacific Railroad announced 24 winners of its eighth-annual Chemical Transportation Safety Pinnacle Award, which recognizes chemical shippers' safety achievements, including safe loading techniques, shipment securement and prevention of non-accident releases.

Awards are divided in four categories based on UP's carload-handling statistics: less than 500; 500 to 999; 1,000 to 3,000; and more than 3,000 cars.

Winners in the less-than-500-cars category are: AKZO Nobel Chemicals Inc.; ASHTA Chemicals Inc.; DX Terminals Ltd.; Kerr-McGee Chemical L.L.C.; Koch Sulfur Products Co. L.L.C.; Transammonia Inc.; and Western Gas Resources Inc.

Taking honors in the 500-to-999-cars category are: Cytec Industries; Ethyl Corp.; Sasol North America Inc.; Tesoro Refining and Marketing; TexPar Energy Inc.; and U.S. Magnesium L.L.C.

In the 1,000-to-3,000-cars category, the winners are: Arch Chemicals Inc.; Nexen Chemicals; Olin Corp.; PCS Sales (U.S.A.) Inc.; and PPG Industries Inc.

And winners in the more-than-3,000-cars category are: Bayer Corp.; BP Chemicals; Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. L.P.; Georgia Gulf Chemicals & Vinyls L.L.C.; Pioneer Americas L.L.C.; and Texas Petrochemical.

Since 1994, non-accident releases of hazardous materials on UP have declined 32 percent because of increased inspections by the railroad’s chemical transportation safety field personnel and Pinnacle Award criteria, according to a prepared statement.

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