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    Norfolk Southern recognizes safest chemical customers

    Norfolk Southern Corporation has presented its Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award to 31 chemical customers for their safe handling of hazardous chemicals moving on the Norfolk Southern system in 2000.
    To be considered for an award, a customer must ship more than 1,000 carloads of hazardous chemicals with Norfolk Southern during a calendar year without causing a single release of product. This is the fifth year Norfolk Southern has given the awards to its safest chemical customers. The 2000 awards include 24 companies and seven chemical plants.

    "Safety is the highest priority at Norfolk Southern," said David R. Goode, NS chairman, president and CEO. "Our goal is the safe transportation of every shipment on our rail system. Partnerships with safety-minded customers such as our chemical shippers help make that goal achievable."

    The 2000 winners are AKZO Nobel Chemicals Inc.; the Archer Daniels Midland Co. plant at Peoria, Ill.; Big West Oil Co.; BOC Gases; BP-NGLBU; Citgo Asphalt Refining Co.; the E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. plant at Belle, W.Va.; the Enterprise Products plant at Dragon, Miss.; Equistar Chemicals, LP; ExxonMobil Chemical Co.; Formosa Plastics Corp. of America; Horsehead Resource Development Co.; Huron Tech; Ineos Acrylics Inc.; Koch Industries; the Koppers Industries Inc. plant at Follansbee, W.Va.; Lyondell Chemical Co.; Marsulex Inc.; Occidental Chemical Corp.; the Olin Corp.'s plants at Nixon, Ga., and Charleston, Tenn.; PCS Phosphate; Potash SK; PPG Industries Inc.; Praxair Inc.; Rhodia Inc.; Rohm & Haas Co.; the Premcor Refining Group plant at Lima, Ohio; Shell Canada Ltd.; Texaco Natural Gas Liquids, A Division of Texaco Natural Gas Inc.; and Tosco Refining Co.

    Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Virginia-based holding company with headquarters in Norfolk, owns a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, which operates approximately 21,800 miles of road in 22 states, the District of Columbia and the province of Ontario.

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