CN wins American Chemistry Council prize

by MM&D Online Staff

MONTREAL, Quebec—CN has been recognized as one of the three recipients of the prestigious Responsible Care Partner of the Year award of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The award recognizes the strong performance and safety record of companies involved in the transportation, handling and marketing of chemicals.

Responsible Care is the chemistry industry’s commitment to sustainability – it is a global voluntary initiative to guide member organizations in safely managing chemicals through creation to manufacturing to disposal or recycling.

CN has also earned a 2015 National Achievement Award from Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER) in recognition of its ongoing work to help communities understand the movement of dangerous goods and what is required in the event of transportation incidents.

Through TRANSCAER, whose sponsors include the ACC and the Association of American Railroads, CN works with partner chemical companies to support communities with information sessions and training and simulations for community leaders and first-responders about hazardous commodities.

The national award recognizes extraordinary achievements that support the organization’s emergency preparedness efforts. CN has won a National Achievement Award for seven consecutive years.

Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: “We are honoured to receive the Responsible Care Partner of the Year Award and the National Achievement TRANSCAER award. CN is committed to operating a safe railway, to handling chemicals and all commodities safely, and to working closely with the communities where we operate to share information about dangerous goods and be ready to respond quickly and comprehensively to any incident.”

In 2015, CN conducted almost 300 TRANSCAER events in Canada and the United States involving more than 6,000 participants. Such events included rail-related training sessions for firefighters the Moncton, N.B., region and South Bend, Ind., area.