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CSXT Announces 2008 Chemical Safety Excellence Award Winners

4/1/2009 11:04:00 AM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 1, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- CSX Transportation (CSXT) today announced the winners of its annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) - an award that reflects each winning company's commitment to rail car maintenance and safety as well as continuous safe tank car loading.

For 2008, CSXT is recognizing 64 shippers. To be eligible for the award, each company must ship 600 or more railcars per year on CSXT and have no non-accidental releases during the entire year. Shippers include companies from the Chemicals, Fertilizer, Emerging Markets, Agriculture and Metals Merchandise commodity markets. One hundred CSX shippers are eligible to receive the award.

"Throughout the challenging economic environment these CSEA winners have remained focused on the safe loading and unloading of their fleet, and maintaining their fleet in safe working condition. Recent legislation and regulations mean more scrutiny on chemical shipments than ever before," said Dean Piacente, vice president-Chemicals & Fertilizer. "Our employees and customers know that Safety is a Way of Life at CSX, and the CSEA winners continue to display their industry leadership and unwavering commitment to safety as demonstrated by a year free of releases."

Clarence Gooden, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will attend the award ceremony, along with Piacente and Skip Elliott, vice president-Public Safety & Environment. The ceremony will be held in Atlanta today, April 1. The attendees will hear from CSX's senior management team about CSXT's numerous safety initiatives, including investments in advanced technology and track defect detection. In addition, participants will be treated to a tour of CSXT's state-of-the-art Rail Education and Development Institute (REDI) Center Training facility where the company trains hundreds of employees each week.

The winners for 2008 are: Abengoa Bioenergy Operations, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Airgas Carbonic, Arizona Chemical Company, Aux Sable Liquid Products, BASF Corporation, Bayer Material Science LLC, BP Amoco Chemical Company, BP-Dome Petroleum, Calumet Lubricants, Canexus, Celanese Corporation, CF Industries, Inc., Chemtrade Logistics, Inc., Chevron Products Company, CHS Inc. Renewable Fuels Marketing, Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Cytec Industries, Inc., Dow Corning Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Eka Chemicals, ExxonMobil Chemicals Corporation, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Flint Hills Refinery, Georgia Gulf Chemicals & Vinyls, LLC, Hawkeye Renewables and Hawkeye Growth, Husky Marketing and Supply Company, Imperial Oil Chemical, INEOS Nova LLC, INEOS Phenol, INEOS USA LLC, International Chemical Company, International Commodities Export Corporation, Kemira Finnchem, Kemira Water Solutions, Kinetic Resources (LPG), Koppers, Inc., Lansing Ethanol Services, LLC, M H F Logistical Solutions, MarkWest Hydrocarbon, Inc., Marysville Hydrocarbon, Inc., Methanex Methanol Company, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command , Moose Jaw Asphalt, Inc., Nan Ya Plastics Corp., Noble Americas Corp./Iroquois Bio-Energy Company, Nucor Steel Corporation, NuStar Marketing, LLC, Oxy Vinyls LP, Plains LPG Services, L.P., Praxair, Inc., Reagent Chemical and Research, Inc., Rohm & Haas Company, SABIC Innovative Plastics US, Shell Canada Energy, Solutia, Inc., Taminco Methylamines, Inc., Targa Midstream Services, The Dow Chemical Company, United Refining Company, Valero Marketing and Supply, Inc., VeraSun Marketing LLC, Westlake Chemical Corporation, WRB Refining LLC

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a leading transportation company 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 more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the Company's web site, www.csx.com.

SOURCE CSX Corporation