Chem shippers attain UP’s safety ‘Pinnacle’

Written by Stuart Chirls, senior editor, Railway Age
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Union Pacific recognized 54 companies with its Pinnacle Award for their commitment to safely transport chemical products.

The annual award honors customers who implement release prevention protocols, corrective action plans and have zero non-accident releases (NARs) of regulated hazardous materials shipments.

“Union Pacific’s Pinnacle Award commends customers dedicated to safety excellence, ensuring chemical shipments arrive to their destinations in the safest manner,” said Kenny Rocker, vice president and general manager – Industrial. “We appreciate the business collaboration, preventative measures and continued focus on eliminating chemical releases during transit.”

During the program’s 20 years, the Pinnacle Award program has recognized UP’s hazardous materials shippers for criteria including safe-loading techniques, shipment securement, and zero NARs.

NAR is an unintentional hazardous material release during rail transportation not caused by an accident. Union Pacific’s hazardous materials safety team supports customers with joint rail safety training programs and rail car inspections. The 2017 winners are:

Aeropres Corporation, Agrium U.S. Inc., AkzoNobel, Arkema, ARLANXEO Canada, BP, CALAMCO, Cenovus Energy Marketing Services LTD, CITGO Petroleum, Coffeyville Resources, Cornerstone Chemical, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Eco Services Operations Corp., Energy Transport, LLC, EnLink Midstream, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, HollyFrontier, Husky Energy, Indorama Ventures Logistics LLC, INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA, INEOS Oligomers, INEOS Oxide, INEOS Styrolution America LLC, INVISTA, Koppers, Inc., Marathon Petroleum, Merichem, Methanex Methanol, Mexichem Fluor, MGP Ingredients, Monsanto, Monument Chemical Houston, Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company, NorFalco Sales, Glencore Canada Corp., NOVA Chemicals, Novus International, Inc., Odfjell Terminals (Houston) Inc., OXEA, PCS Sales USA, PeroxyChem, Phillips 66, PVS Chemicals, Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc., Ruetgers Canada, Sasol, Shintech, Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company, Solvay Chemicals, Suncor Energy Inc., Targa Resources, The Chemours Company, US Magnesium, U.S. Oil & Refining Co., Westlake Chemical.

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