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Norfolk Southern Corporation Wins Partnership Award

Release Date: 2/4/2003
Contact Information: David Sternberg, (215) 814-5548

David Sternberg, (215) 814-5548

BALTIMORE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently presented its prestigious Partnership Award to Norfolk Southern Corporation for its efforts in providing rail emergency response, hazardous material awareness, and railroad equipment familiarization training to emergency responders throughout the country. One of 18 award winners, Norfolk Southern Corporation was recognized during EPA’s Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Conference held in Baltimore.

EPA’s Mid-Atlantic region presents the partnership awards to companies, organizations, agencies or individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity or innovation in emergency preparedness, planning and response.

EPA also cited Norfolk Southern’s active participation as hosts of the 2002 “Whistle-Stop Tour.” This six-day event traveled to six cities in four states bringing specialized training tank cars and instructors, over-the-road equipment, local emergency response equipment, as well as many other exhibitors, to a central location for hands-on training with local responders and planners.

In addition to the Whistle Stop Tour, Norfolk Southern also provided various rail emergency training programs to more than 4,000 emergency responders and participated in 12 emergency response drills. EPA recognized Norfolk Southern’s commitment to education by their providing 10 full scholarships to the AAR-TTCI Emergency Response Training Facility in Pueblo, CO and by working to distribute over 800 copies of the Association of American Railroads- Emergency Handling of Hazardous Materials in Surface Transportation to all county emergency managers system wide.