April 14, 2011
CSX Transportation today announced the 59 winners of its annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award (CSEA), which recognizes customers’ commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail through safe loading and maintenance of rail cars.
“At CSX, safety is a way of life, and this year’s CSEA recipients have demonstrated their dedication to the best practices in chemical safety,” said Clarence Gooden, CSX executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “We recognize these companies’ commitments to safety and their important roles in helping CSX to be a leader in one of the nation’s safest industries.”
To qualify for the award, each winner shipped 600 or more railcars on CSX safely through 2010 with no releases attributed to loading or unloading processes. Improper loading/unloading or failure to fully secure rail cars during those processes can result in what are referred to as non-accidental releases. Shippers include companies from the chemicals, fertilizer, agriculture and metals merchandise commodity markets as well as from emerging markets.
The 17th Annual CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Awards ceremony in Charlotte, N.C., included remarks from Gooden; Dean Piacente, vice president-chemicals and fertilizer; Skip Elliott, vice president-public safety and environment; and others. CSX’s senior management reviewed current safety initiatives and discussed advanced technology initiatives in operations and the environment.
All attendees will be eligible for a chance to win a week of advanced rail emergency training with the experts of the CSX Hazardous Materials Team at the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Colo., later this year.
Recipients of this year’s award represent many different industries. Winners for 2010 include the following CSX customers: Air Liquide Industrial U.S.; Archer Daniels Midland Company; Ascend Performance Materials LLC; ASHTA Chemicals, Inc.; Aux Sable Liquid Products; BASF Corporation; BP Products North America, NGL; Cardinal Ethanol LLC; Cargill, Inc.; Castle Rock Renewable Fuels, LLC; Celanese; Chemtrade Logistics, Inc.; Citgo Petroleum Corporation; Clean Harbors Environmental Services; ConocoPhillips; Cytec Industries; Dominion Transmission, Inc.; The Dow Chemical Company; Dow Corning Corporation; Eka Chemicals, Inc.; Elementis Chromium; EQ Northeast, Inc.; ExxonMobil Chemical; Consumer Co-Op. Refinery Ltd. (Division of Federated Co-Op. Ltd.); Finnchem USA; Green Plains Renewable Energy; Huntsman; Husky Energy Lima Refinery; Imperial Oil Products Ltd.; Ineos Nova LLC; Inter-Chem; International Commodities Export Corporation; INVISTA S.a.r.l.; Iroquois Bio Energy Company LLC; Kinetic Resources (LPG); Koch Sulfur Products; Markwest; Marsulex; MHF Services; The Mosaic Company; Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America; Nucor Corporation; NuStar Energy L. P.; Occidental Chemical Corporation; Platinum Ethanol LLC; Poet; Reagent Chemical and Research; Sabic Americas, Inc.; Shell Chemicals Canada; Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy; Sulphuric Acid Trading Company; Taminco Inc.; Targa Transport LLC; TPC Group, Inc.; Tronox; United Refining Company; Valero Marketing and Supply, Inc.; Western Wisconsin Energy LLC; and Westlake Chemical Corporation.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to over 230 short line and regional railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.