Key focus areas included:
• Non-accident release reduction.
• Emergency response techniques.
• Safe loading and unloading procedures.
“Strong attendance at the ethanol rail safety conference is a clear indication that our customers share Union Pacific’s commitment to safety and understand the direct correlation between safe operations and exceptional service,” said Union Pacific Vice President and General Manager-Agricultural Products Paul Hammes. “To provide the utmost value to conference participants, we collaborated with world-class instructors, using state-of-the-art training tools.”
GATX provided a tank car for the 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 UP, the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition, and the Federal Railroad Administration.