Dow, Union Pacific to improve chem rail safety

07 March 2007 16:03  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical and Union Pacific Railroad on Wednesday announced a memorandum setting out a number of goals and timelines to further improve the safety of US chemical railcar transportation.

 

The goals include:

 

- Improving community awareness and emergency preparedness along highly hazardous chemical rail routes by 2012.

 

- Improving the surveillance of chemical shipments by installing global positioning satellite units and other sensor technologies on all highly hazardous chemical tank cars by 2010. 

 

- Developing a new tank car for highly hazardous chemicals by 2017.

 

- Reducing shipments of highly hazardous chemicals by 50% by 2015. 

 

- Eliminating all non-accidental chemical releases by 2010. 

 

- Reducing the dwell time of highly hazardous chemical shipments in transit in certain urban areas by 50% by 2015.

 

The companies aim to achieve a 50% improvement in hazardous materials rail operations safety and accident prevention by 2015. This would be achieved through targeted initiatives, including maintenance and operating improvements, they said in a joint statement.


By: Stefan Baumgarten
+1 713 525 2653



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