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AAR to present environmental excellence award


Later today, the Association of American Railroads will announce the winner of the John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award.

Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) will present the award, which is named after his father, an environmentalist who helped promote railroading's environmental advantages.

The nominees are:
• Donald Creeger, Norfolk Southern Railway project engineering manager, research and tests department, who helped develop lead- and chrome-free paint for rail cars, eliminate poisonous salts in blacksmith shops, and reduce phosphorous and sulfur contaminants in shop foundries, and worked with the University of Iowa's Agriculture-Based Industrial Lubricants research program to develop SoyTrak, a biodegradable grease designed to reduce rail wear;
• Dustin Davis, Amtrak manager of equipment maintenance, who took charge of the national passenger railroad's environmental compliance efforts in Camp Pendleton, Calif., to ensure the facility achieved and maintained environmental compliance;
• Kent Denkers, Union Pacific Railroad manager of mechanical engineering, who helped reduce the number of locomotives in shops for excessive smoking by 56 percent, ensuring all locomotives in shops weren't released until they met strict California standards;
• Russell Glidden, a CSX Transportation machinist, who helped improve an Indianapolis yard's wastewater treatment system, and obtained his own wastewater treatment licensing;
• Keith Popp, a Canadian Pacific Railway pump repairer, who changed a consultant's design for a spill prevention control and countermeasure system at a CPR facility in Chicago that saved money; and
• Jeff Schurman, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe shop superintendent, who worked with a consultant to design and build a mobile wastewater treatment system to treat water coming from cleaning roadway equipment.

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