Thursday, May 20, 2010

UP, GATX offer ethanol rail safety conference

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Union Pacific and GATX Corp. recently completed an ethanol rail safety conference, instructing about 85 attendees representing more than 30 ethanol shippers. UP and GATX educated customers on the railroad’s safety and security measures. Key areas of focus included non-accident release reduction, emergency response techniques, and safe loading and unloading procedures.

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“Safety is one of our core values and hosting this conference gave us the opportunity to teach ethanol shippershow they can embrace the same safety focus that supports our commitment to provide safe, efficient and reliable service to our customers,” said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific vice president and general manager-Agricultural Products. “Union Pacific is proud to be part of an industry that safely delivers more than 99.99% of hazmat shipments to their destination without a release caused by a train accident.”

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GATX provided a tank car for the hands-on training session that demonstrated safe practices for transferring ethanol to tank cars.

The conference also featured a panel discussion with industry safety experts, including representatives from Union Pacific, the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition, and the Federal Railroad Administration.