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Terminal Railroad Association to cultivate cleaner St. Louis-area air


Starting in May, Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis plans to use fuel additive RxP to reduce locomotive-exhaust emissions.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian National Railway Co’s Illinois Central Railroad jointly own Terminal Railroad Association, which plans to use RxP-treated fuel in all 34 of its locomotives plus all on-line engines that pass through its switch yard. The company provides transfer services for railroads that interchange in St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill.
"It’s everyone’s responsibility to improve our environment," said Terminal Railroad Association President W.D. Spencer in a prepared statement. "We made the decision to use RxP-treated fuel after [two-year] tests indicated significant reductions in exhaust emissions, while simultaneously providing cost savings."
RxP was developed by St. Petersburg, Fla.-based RxP Products Inc. and is designed to lower particulate emissions, or toxic air contaminants, and oxides of nitrogen levels that can cause smog.