Tuesday, October 27, 2009

AAR awards 2009 Professional Environmental Excellence award

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The Association of American Railroads awarded the 2009 Environmental Excellence Award to CSX Transportation employee Paul Kurzanski. A 30-year veteran of the railroad industry, Kurzanski currently serves as manager of environmental remediation with CSXT in Jacksonville, Fla. The award was presented at the annual Railroad Environmental Conference at University of Illinois, Urbana.

In his work with CSXT, Kurzanski manages approximately 125 environmental remediation projects annually in six states and two Canadian provinces. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with communities and regulators to provide amicable solutions to environmental challenges. He was instrumental in developing and implementing CSXT's Leased Property Review Program, Lab Management Program and Safety Observation Program. Kurzanski is a frequent presenter at AAR's Environmental Conference and is also the author of 19 Environmental Management System documents. His work with environmental consultant teams has helped save CSXT more than $4 million through innovative remedial methods, skillful negotiations, and a focus on project closures. Within the last two years, he has managed and successfully mitigated several significant train derailments that included hazmat releases. Throughout the company, he is known as a "go to" guy for environmental issues and has received the company's Chairman's Award of Excellence.

Kurzanski was one of six railroad industry professionals nominated for the award. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding performance in environmental awareness and responsibility during the year. The five other nominees are (alphabetical):

• Tami Calderon, environmental coordinator in Amtrak's Mechanical Department in Los Angeles.

• Dillon Magers, manager of environmental operations for BNSF in Springfield, Mo.

• Devin Sprinkle, regional manager in the Environment Department for CN Railway in Homewood, Ill.

• Pat Student, director-hazardous materials management with Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha.

• LeeAnn Thomas, manager, U.S. environmental accrual, with Canadian Pacific Railway's U.S. subsidiary, the Soo Line in Minneapolis.

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