Dow Chemical, Union Pacific and Union Tank Car announce collaboration on future vision for secure transportation of chemicals

The Dow Chemical Company, Union Pacific and Union Tank Car Company concluded meetings this week where leaders of the three companies reaffirmed their commitment to safe and secure rail transportation of chemicals.
Dow, Union Pacific, and Union Tank Car assembled a joint project team to drive forward a process for the development of a next-generation rail tank car for highly hazardous chemicals.
The three companies also established an advisory group of academic, industry and former regulatory leaders to help guide the development of a next generation tank car design. This effort builds upon each company’s long-standing commitment to safety through the Responsible Care® program.
The advisory board members include: Christopher Barkan, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Railroad Engineering and Risk Analysis; Phil Daum, PE, Engineering Systems Inc., Tank Car Design; Chip Day, Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, L.L.C., Hazmat Response; Chief John Eversole, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Local Hazmat ER; James Rader, AllTranstek L.L.C., (Transportation Fleet Management and HazMat Regulatory Compliance); Frank Reiner, PE, Chlorine Institute,Transportation Safety.
“Chemical transportation safety requires cooperation between shippers, transportation service providers and public and private partners who have responsibility for public safety,” said Henry Ward, director of transportation safety and security of The Dow Chemical Company. “We are delighted to be working together with Union Pacific, Union Tank Car and our advisory committee to develop innovations that will serve our company and help enable the production and distribution of essential products for decades to come.”
“We place the highest priority on the safe and secure transportation of all shipments,” said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific’s vice president – environment and safety. “Together with our partners in the chemical and rail car industries, we are optimistic we can continue our improvement efforts with this new tank car design process.”
“As a supplier of tank cars to the chemical industry, we are fully aware that safety, security, and environmental concerns regarding hazardous materials require the timely introduction of innovative solutions,” said Rich Sobilo, director of engineering of Union Tank Car. “This effort builds upon exemplary cars already in service today. Our collaboration with Dow Chemical, Union Pacific and our advisory panel will allow us to develop the insight and resources we require to make our shared future vision a reality.”

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