BNSF Railway Tuesday said it has honored 93 shippers with BNSF’s Annual Product Stewardship Award for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail during 2009. The 93 companies have successfully implemented the ethics of Product Stewardship under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative.
In 2009, BNSF presented 86 customers with its Stewardship Award.
Implemented in 1997, BNSF's Product Stewardship Award is presented to shippers who transported a minimum of 500 loaded tank cars of hazardous materials during the previous year with zero non-accident releases (NARs) during the entire transportation cycle.
“This is a record year for the number of customers who have received BNSF’s Stewardship Award. We are pleased that each year the numberof customers receiving this award grows. It demonstrates our customers and the rail industry’s focus on the safe transportation of hazardous materials,” Katie Farmer, BNSF vice president, Industrial Products Sales, said at a special presentation at BNSF's corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Tex. “The product stewardship of these 93 customers helps support the safety of our employees, the communities we serve, and the environment.”