Company also earns 2015 TRANSCAER® national award for transportation emergency response training for 7th consecutive year
MONTREAL, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) said today it 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 TRANSCAER® 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.
CN is a true backbone of the economy that transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the Company's website at www.cn.ca.
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