Dow Wins HARP Award as Safe Shipper
Midland, MI - January 25, 2006, For the fourth straight year, The Dow Chemical Company has received the Hazardous Accidental Release Prevention (HARP) Award from The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR). The award, established in 2001 by KCSR, promotes and recognizes excellence in safety, environmental protection and regulatory compliance.
“At KCSR, our safety vision is to be recognized as the safest railroad in North America,” said Chester Culley, general director environmental quality, KCSR. “We established the HARP award in support of this vision and our commitment as a Responsible Care® partner company.”
Two award categories exist to recognize customers who demonstrate excellence in Non-Accidental Releases (NARs) and those who have shown marked improvement toward NARs. In 2004, Dow shipped approximately 200 tank cars with KCSR and had zero NARs, qualifying for the more stringent NAR Excellence Award category.
“I have to commend the excellent efforts of our rail car loaders - both contracted employees and those working directly for Dow,” said Bill Huff, Global Rail Operations leader, Dow. “They are well trained and understand the potential for leaks, and they work very hard to safely prepare the loads for shipment following our established procedures and strict safety operating disciplines.”
“We are very pleased to again receive this important award from KCS,” said Phil Stewart, Global Rail Safety and Security, Dow. “It reflects our ongoing commitment to the Hazardous Materials transportation program.”
Dow is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $40 billion, Dow serves customers in 175 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress: food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its 43,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCSR is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding includes KCSR, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCSR’s North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
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