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AAR honors CSXT engineer with environmental award


Association of American Railroads April 18 named Ted Stewart, a CSX Transportation mechanical-systems engineer, winner of the John H. Chafee Environmental Award.
Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) presented the award, which is named after his late father, himself a senator and an environmentalist who promoted railroading's environmental advantages.
Stewart was instrumental in developing Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), which are designed to reduce locomotive idling. APU designers believe the units can cut fuel consumption more than 80 percent and reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide 91 percent; hydrocarbons, 94 percent; carbon monoxide, 96 percent; and particulate matter, 84 percent.
Stewart worked directly with Environmental Protection Agency to certify the system as a locomotive emissions-reduction kit.
CSXT officials estimate that the railroad annually could reduce fuel consumption between 25 million and 35 million gallons — saving between $20 million and $30 million — by installing APUs on all locomotives.
The six other award nominees were: Rocky Bell, lead machinist for Burlington Northern Santa Fe in Alliance, Neb.; Alan Findlay, structures supervisor for Canadian Pacific Railway in Sudbury, Ontario; David Garrod, heavy-duty mechanic for Canadian National Railway Co. in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Timothy Kraus, water service lead man for Union Pacific Railroad in San Antonio; Kenneth Moore, truck diver for Amtrak in Philadelphia; and C. Eugene Nation, an electrician for Norfolk Southern Railway in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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