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Union Pacific Railroad Recognizes 63 Companies for Chemical Transportation Safety


Union Pacific Railroad named 63 companies recipients of the annual Pinnacle Award for chemical transportation safety. The award recognizes Union Pacific customers that implemented successful prevention and corrective plans and achieved a rate of zero non-accident releases (NARs) for regulated hazardous materials shipments.

"It's our honor to recognize companies that share Union Pacific's commitment to safety and the elimination of chemical releases," said Beth Whited, Union Pacific's vice president and general manager-Chemicals. "Union Pacific is dedicated to helping customers develop and sustain procedures that support the safe transport of the nation's chemicals from products used to purify drinking water to the ingredients required for life-saving pharmaceuticals."

The Pinnacle Award program, which began in 1996, is open to all Union Pacific hazardous material shippers, including chemical and petrochemical customers. Criteria include safe-loading techniques, shipment securement and zero NARs. A non-accident release is an unintentional release of hazardous material during transportation not caused by an accident or train derailment.

Non-accident releases of hazardous materials in tank cars have declined 10 percent on Union Pacific's network from 2008 to 2014, due in part to increased inspections and training offered by the railroad's hazardous materials safety field personnel and customers adhering to the Pinnacle Award criteria.

Union Pacific serves the large chemical complexes along the Gulf Coast. Roughly two-thirds of the company's chemical business originates, terminates or travels through this area. The railroad's chemical transportation network also serves chemical producers on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountain Region, including the world's largest soda ash reserve, located in Green River, Wyoming.

Pinnacle Award Recipients*
Afton Chemical LANXESS
AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Albemarle Catalysts Lubrizol
American Plant Food Corporation LyondellBasell
Atlas Oil Company Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Big West Oil LLC Mexichem
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. Monsanto
Canexus Corporation Nachurs Alpine Solutions
Celanese Corporation NorFalco
CF Industries NOVA Chemicals
CFR Chemicals Inc. Odyssey Logistics & Technology
Chemtrade Solutions LLC Old World Industries
Chevron Oronite Oxea
CITGO Petroleum PCS Sales (USA), Inc.
Clariant Pioneer Oil
Coffeyville Resources Nitrogen Fertilizers Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc.
Conestoga Energy Partners Sasol North America
Cornerstone Chemical Company SI Group
Crestwood LP J.R. Simplot Company
Cross Oil Refining Marketing Styrolution America LLC
Delek US Sun Products
DuPont Taminco
Eastman Chemical Company Targa Resources
Georgia-Pacific Tauber Oil
GT Logistics, LLC Texmark Chemicals
Hexion Inc. Thatcher Company
Indorama (Auriga Polymers Inc.) The Mosaic Company
Innophos The Plaza Group
INVISTA Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA Inc.
Johann Haltermann Ltd. Trammo
Keyera Energy Westlake Chemical
Koppers Inc.  

* Based on 2014 shipments.

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