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2013 National TRANSCAER® Award Recipients Recognized for Improving Safety of Transporting Hazardous Materials


Contact: Donna L. Lepik (202) 249-6723
Email: dlepik@transcaer.com

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2014) – TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous materials transportation incident, today announced the recipients of its 2013 National Awards Recognition Program.

The TRANSCAER Awards Program recognizes the achievements of individuals, companies and organizations that exceed in advocating, demonstrating and implementing at the national and regional levels the principles of TRANSCAER, including transportation safety, community assistance and emergency response planning and aid.

This year’s TRANSCAER awards included:

  • National and Regional Achievement Awards;
  • the Chairman's Award, a special, discretionary award given by the National TRANSCAER Task Group Chairman;
  • the Torch Award, recognizing those individuals whose legacy leaves a lasting impact on the TRANSCAER program; and
  • Individual Achievement and Certificate of Appreciation Awards.

“Heartfelt appreciation goes out to all the on-the-ground trainers and their supporting organizations that have aided in better preparing communities and our Nation’s emergency responders for possible hazardous materials events,” said National TRANSCAER Task Group Chair Ed Chapman, of BNSF Railway. “For their collaborative planning and training efforts during 2013, the TRANSCAER National Achievement Awards offer a modest, albeit coveted, form of recognition to the activities of all of these outstanding volunteers.”

The 2013 National TRANSCAER Awards Recipients announced by Chapman include:

National Achievement:

  • BNSF Railway
  • Canadian National CN DG Team
  • Canadian Pacific
  • Central California Traction Company
  • CSX Transportation
  • DANA Transport Inc.
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)
  • Tanner Industries, Inc.
  • The Chlorine Institute
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad

Regional Achievement:

  • Scott Etzel, Dow; and Dan Coots, TCR Industries, Inc., Dave Buccolo, Central California Traction Company representing TRANSCAER’s California State Team

Chairman’s Award:

  • Rollie Shook, The Dow Chemical Company

Torch Award:

  • Ed Chapman, BNSF Railway
  • Brock Lowman, BNSF Railway

Members of the National TRANSCAER Task Group Executive Committee also presented 121 Individual Achievement and Certificate of Appreciation Awards to those individuals nationwide who worked to advance the principles of TRANSCAER.

The National awards will be presented to recipients during multiple upcoming industry conferences this spring, including the American Chemistry Council’s annual Responsible Care® Conference and Expo in Miami and the Association of American Railroads/Bureau of Explosive’s annual Bureau of Explosives Hazmat Seminar in Addison, TX.

The full list of current and previous award recipients is available by visiting the TRANSCAER Website at www.transcaer.com.

About TRANSCAER

TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material transportation incidents. TRANSCAER members include volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and emergency response industries, as well as the government.

TRANSCAER is sponsored by the American Chemistry Council, the Association of American Railroads, CHEMTREC®, The Chlorine Institute, The Fertilizer Institute, the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Petroleum Institute. For more information on TRANSCAER, visit www.TRANSCAER.com.

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