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CSXT machinist wins AAR Chafee Award


CSX Transportation machinist Russell Glidden became the railroad's fourth winner of the Association of American Railroads' John H. Chafee Environmental Award, presented annually by the American Association of Railroads.

Glidden was honored for his management of a wastewater treatment facility located within CSXT's Avon, Ind., yard — work that turned a storm water pond into a wildlife sanctuary.

"On his own initiative and at his own expense, Russ secured his wastewater treatment licensing," said AAR President and CEO Edward Hamberger in a prepared statement. "He then used his expertise to improve the facility's operation during a system upgrade. In fact, the 8 million gallon storm water pond he manages has become so successful under his supervision that it has developed into a wildlife haven."

The Chafee Award is named after U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee's (R-RI) late father, who promoted the environmental advantages of rail transportation. AAR presents the award in recognition of an individual railroad employee who has demonstrated outstanding environmental awareness and responsibility.

"Russ represents the best of our employees, and the environmental consciousness that CSXT strives to achieve," said Ellen Fitzsimmons, CSX Corp. senior vice president for law and public affairs. "His leadership in managing our wastewater treatment system at Avon Yard is exemplary and a model for our system."

Glidden conducts training for environmental certification for mechanical and engineering employees, and presents homeland security training in the area of environmental hazardous materials safety.

CSXT's three other award winners are Robert Toms (2002), mechanical superintendent with CSXT at Huntington, W.Va., recognized while working at Avon Yard for his dedication to the CSXT Hazmat Sentinel program and environmental emergency training for local first-response teams; Ted Stewart (2001), mechanical systems engineer, honored for his co-design of the nationally acclaimed Auxiliary Power Unit and for promoting the fuel-saving device as a model for the railroad industry; and Mike Bethge (1999), locomotive engineer, recognized for hazardous materials planning and response and instrumental involvement in promoting environmental compliance.

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