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
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
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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
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