ACC Contact: Jenny Heumann (202) 249-6520
AWO Contact: Ann McCulloch (703) 841-9300

WASHINGTON (October 2, 2013) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and The American Waterways Operators (AWO) have renewed for three years a 2010 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to promote environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) performance through ACC's Responsible Care and AWO's Responsible Carrier Program.

With a volume of 68 million tons in 2012, chemicals account for roughly nine percent of total barge traffic. The MOA extends cooperation and collaboration between chemical shippers and carriers and provides ACC's Responsible Care Partner companies who transport chemicals via barge the option of using AWO's Responsible Carrier Program audit system to meet ACC's Responsible Care certification requirements.

Since the original MOA was signed in 2006, all eligible Responsible Care Partner companies within the marine sector that transport chemicals via barge have used the agreement to meet their obligations for both the Responsible Carrier Program and Responsible Care, saving time and resources while promoting best practices that protect waterways and surrounding communities.

"The renewal of this partnership between ACC and AWO affirms our commitment to protect the environment, public health and the safety of the men and women who transport our products on America's waterways," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley . "The chemical industry is committed to the safety of its products throughout the entire value chain, and this MOA exemplifies how ACC works with our partners to achieve this goal and protect the nation's rivers and harbors."

"We are proud to once again renew our partnership with ACC through an agreement that increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the safety and environmental programs of both associations," said AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti. "This partnership reflects our shared commitment to ensuring the highest standards of safety and environmental quality throughout the nation's marine transportation system."

Responsible Care is ACC's environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative that extends continuous improvement efforts beyond the facility fence line to include the entire value chain. For more information, visit: .

The AWO Responsible Carrier Program is an award-winning, Coast Guard-recognized safety management system code of practice designed for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry. It encompasses all aspects of fleet operations and exceeds regulatory standards. RCP compliance is a condition of membership for AWO carrier member companies. For more information, click here .


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