Norfolk Southern recognzies 55 chemical customers for safe rail-shipping practices

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NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern has awarded its 2016 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award to 55 customers, recognizing their safe handling of hazardous materials. The companies safely shipped 208,503 carloads of chemical products over the railroad during 2016.

Norfolk Southern created the annual safety award in 1996 to recognize chemical manufacturers and plants that ship at least 1,000 carloads of hazardous products over the railroad without a single incident during the year. Fifty-two corporations and three plants achieved the standard for 2016.

“Safety and service go hand in hand at Norfolk Southern, and we appreciate the shared safety commitment of our industry partners,” said Alan Shaw, executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “These valued customers understand that safe delivery of their product is essential to our nation’s commerce and to the well-being of our rail and chemical industry employees, the communities we serve, and the environment.”

Shipments transported by NS included industrial chemicals, crude petroleum, ethanol, and fertilizers. These products are shipped primarily in tank cars that customers own and maintain or lease.

Norfolk Southern voluntarily participates in the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Partner Program, meeting strict standards to identify, reduce, and manage process risks from the environmental, health, safety, and security perspectives.

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