Union Pacific Railroad and The Dow Chemical Company Announce Goals to Improve Rail Safety and Security

Mar 07, 2007, 00:00 ET from Union Pacific Railroad from ,The Dow Chemical Company

    OMAHA, Neb., and MIDLAND, Mich., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Union
 Pacific Railroad and The Dow Chemical Company announced a Memorandum of
 Cooperation (MOC) reinforcing the companies' long history of working
 together to improve safety and security in chemical transportation. The
 goals outlined in the MOC are consistent with the principles and practices
 of Responsible Care(R), which drives continuous improvement in the safe and
 secure manufacture, distribution and use of chemical products.
     In addition to helping to ensure the long-term viability of both the
 railroad and chemical industries, the agreement calls for personnel from
 each organization to work together in a cooperative effort to achieve the
 eight goals specified in the MOC that the companies have pledged to achieve
 within the next ten years.
     "Both companies serve as strategic links in the chemical supply chain
 that is critical to homeland security, public health, safety and welfare
 and to our nation's economy," said Jim Young, chairman and CEO, Union
 Pacific. "Our mutual commitments give us a stronger framework for working
 together by building on new and existing elements of safety and security."
     "Safety and security are the foremost priorities and are part of Dow's
 commitment to setting the standard for sustainability," said David Kepler,
 senior vice president, Shared Services, Environment Health and Safety and
 chief information officer, The Dow Chemical Company. "Dow and Union Pacific
 have a shared vision -- to ensure the safe and secure transportation of
 essential products through each and every community we touch -- and are
 committed to achieving this through our shared efforts."
     Union Pacific and Dow goals outlined in the Memorandum of Cooperation:
     TRANSCAER(R): By 2012, our goal is to provide improved community
 awareness and emergency preparedness along highly hazardous chemical
 transportation routes, by providing communities with a significantly
 enhanced outreach, education and training initiative in coordination with
 national, regional and state TRANSCAER(R) programs.
     Improved Shipment Visibility: By 2010, our goal is to provide for
 improved safety, security and emergency response through continuous
 surveillance of highly hazardous chemical shipments by installing global
 positioning satellite (GPS) units and appropriate sensor technologies on
 all highly hazardous chemical tank cars, reducing the time these cars are
 unattended in transit.
     Next Generation Rail Tank Car: By 2017, our goal is to develop and
 implement a new rail tank car design for the transportation of highly
 hazardous chemicals, achieving a significant increase in the safe and
 secure performance over existing fleets.
     Supply Chain Design: By 2015, our goal is to reduce the shipment of
 highly hazardous chemicals by 50 percent, while continuing to meet the
 needs of the marketplace and reducing overall risk.
     Elimination of Non-Accidental Releases: By 2010, our goal is to drive
 non-accidental releases of hazard materials to zero.
     Deployment of Communication-based Train Control and Anti-collision
 Systems: Our goal is to deploy technology that helps us eliminate
 collisions on main line track pending FRA approvals and the success of two
 pilot projects,
     that begin in 2007.
     Movement in High Threat Urban Areas: By 2015, our goal is to reduce the
 dwell time of highly hazardous chemical shipments in transit in High Threat
 Urban Areas by 50 percent.
     Accident Prevention: By 2015, our goal is to achieve a 50 percent
 improvement in hazardous material rail operations safety. This will be
 accomplished through targeted initiatives such as maintenance and operating
     For more information, please visit http://www.uprr.com/she/ or
 http://www.dow.com/security .
     About Union Pacific
     Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation
 companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links
 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the
 fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified
 business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy,
 Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive
 long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern
 gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only
 railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North
 America's premier rail franchise. Union Pacific is an active partner in the
 American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care Program.
     About The Dow Chemical Company
     Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of
 innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential
 to human progress. The Company offers a broad range of products and
 services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide
 everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging
 and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of
 sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 43,000
 people worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow
 Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise
 expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at
 http://www.dow.com .
     James Barnes
     Union Pacific Railroad
     (402) 544-3560
     Adam Muellerweiss
     The Dow Chemical Company
     (989) 636-0626

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