UP names Pinnacle Award winners for chemical transportation safety

Written by Carolina Worrell
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Union Pacific Railroad on April 28, 2016 recognized 65 companies with its distinguished Pinnacle Award for their commitment to safely transport chemical products. The annual award honors UP customers for implementing release prevention, corrective plans and having zero non-accident releases (NARs) of regulated hazardous materials shipments.

“The Pinnacle Award spotlights companies that share our goal of safely and securely transporting chemicals,” said Beth Whited, UP’s Vice President and General Manager – Chemicals. “We work directly with our customers to eliminate accidental chemical releases from rail cars, whether the products are used to purify water or manufacture tires.”

Non-accident releases of hazardous materials in tank cars declined 31% on UP’s network from 2008 to 2015 due, in part, to increased inspections and training offered by the company’s hazardous materials safety field personnel and customers adhering to the Pinnacle Award criteria, the railroad says.

UP serves the large chemical complexes along the Gulf Coast. Roughly two-thirds of the company’s chemical business originates, terminates or travels through this area. The railroad’s chemical transportation network also serves chemical producers on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountain Region, including the world’s largest soda ash reserve, located in Green River, Wyo.

The 2016 Pinnacle Award winners are:


Alon USA

Ascend Performance Materials



Canexus Corporation

CF Industries Sales, LLC


Chevron Oronite Company, LLC

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

CITGO Petroleum


Coffeyville Resources Nitrogen

Cornerstone Chemical Company

Crestwood West Coast, LLC

Cyanco International, LLC

Dakota Gasification Company

Dyno Nobel

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

El Dorado Chemical Company

ERCO Worldwide

Flint Hills Resources

Georgia-Pacific, LLC

GT Logistics, LLC


Indorama Ventures USA Inc.


INEOS Styrolution



Kennecott Utah Copper, LLC

Keyera Energy

Koch Fertilizer, LLC

Koppers Inc.



Marathon Petroleum Company


Methanex Methanol


Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company

NorFalco Sales, Glencore Canada Corp.

NorFalco, a Glencore Company

NOVA Chemicals

Old World Industries

Olin Chlor Alkali


PCS Sales (USA), Inc.

Pembina Resource Services

PVS Chemicals, Inc.

Sabic Americas

Sasol North America

SI Group

SNF Holding Company

Targa Resources

Tauber Oil

Texmark Chemicals

The Chemours Company

The Mosaic Company

TPC Group


Tronox Alkali

Univar USA

US Magnesium

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