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CSXT environmental program manager wins AAR's excellence award

On Tuesday, CSX Transportation Manager of Environmental Programs Rick Nath received the Association of American Railroads Environmental Excellence Award for Professionals.

The award recognizes Nath for his environmental work, including asbestos, lead paint and transformer management, clean air programs and environmental awareness training. A 24-year CSXT veteran, Nath implemented the railroad's public safety and environmental management system, and became a certified environmental systems manager to oversee the system. He also helped develop CSXT's first environmental multi-media, computer-based training for transportation, engineering, mechanical and non-operating employees.

"We are blessed with workers who believe fervently in preserving and improving the environment . . . workers who demonstrate this dedication every day at their jobs and every day in the ways they live their lives," said Peggy Wilhide, AAR vice president for communications, in a prepared statement.

The AAR also honored three other railroad employees for their environmental work:
• Mick Hardin, Burlington Northern Santa Fe manager of environmental remediation, who helped manage large-scale remediation activities at former shops in California and Arizona, and directed consultants and employees during emergency response situations;
• Ed McNutt, Union Pacific Railroad manager of environmental field operations, who developed a way to build underflow dams that separate spilled diesel from storm drains and creeks by using bridge timbers and corrugated metal pipe; and
• Richard Mohlenhoff, Amtrak senior environmental coordinator, who has headed numerous remediation efforts involving hazardous materials, including a large yard near New York City.

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