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WASHINGTON (April 18, 2017) – When it comes to a transportation incident involving hazardous materials, seconds count and so does preparation. The volunteers that support TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) understand the importance of being prepared, which is why the group is proud to announce the 2016 award recipients for their outstanding commitment to helping communities across the country.

“We greatly appreciate the strong commitment and leadership of our dedicated volunteers to help keep emergency responders across the country and the communities they serve safe,” said National TRANSCAER Task Group Chairman Keith Silverman, VP of the Global Operations, Quality and EHS at Ashland. “Because of them TRANSCAER has been able to provide valuable, life-saving training to 50,000 emergency responders throughout North America to better prepare and more effectively handle transportation incidents involving hazardous materials.”

Volunteers consist of representatives from chemical producers, transportation carriers, distribution, industry associations, emergency response personnel and industries, responders and government agencies. Companies provide resources at training sites that may include hands-on training, emergency planning assistance, support for community drills and exercises, technical information and reference and training materials. The training helps communities deal with primarily highway and rail related transportation incidents involving crude oil, ethanol and a variety of hazardous materials.

The TRANSCAER Awards Program recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that go above and beyond in helping communities through their support of TRANSCAER. The 2016 National Awards Recognition Program include: the Distinguished Service Award, TRANSCAER’s highest level of recognition; the Chairman's Award, a special, discretionary award given by the National TRANSCAER Task Group Chairman; the National and Regional Achievement Awards; and the Individual Achievement and Certificate of Appreciation Awards.

All of the recipients demonstrate a clear commitment to the emergency responders and the communities where they serve to enhance safety, training and relationship building. This year there were 41 Individual Achievement Awards and 142 Certificates of Appreciation Awards among the awards given, including the following recipients:

Distinguished Service Award

  • Dave Buccolo, Central California Traction Company (Retired)

Chairman's Award

  • Ed Chapman, BNSF Railway (Retired)
  • Mike Stephenson, Benjamin Moore & Co.

National Achievement

  • BNSF Railway
  • CN
  • Canadian Pacific
  • CSX Transportation
  • DANA Transport Inc.
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Renewable Fuels Association
  • Tanner Industries, Inc.
  • The Chlorine Institute
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad

Regional Achievement

  • KCS Railway
  • New Jersey state TRANSCAER® team
  • North Dakota state TRANSCAER® team

The full list of current and previous award recipients is available by visiting the TRANSCAER website at

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TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material transportation incidents. TRANSCAER is sponsored by the American Chemistry Council, American Petroleum Institute, the Association of American Railroads, CHEMTREC®, The Chlorine Institute, The Fertilizer Institute and the Renewable Fuels Association. Transportation partners include the National Volunteer Fire Council, U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Management Office of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration. For more information on TRANSCAER, please visit

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $797 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the nation’s largest exporter, accounting for fourteen percent of all U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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