Lincoln County (LincUP) Community Advisory Panel
LincUP provides open dialogue on health, safety and environmental issues between representatives of the community and Union Pacific Railroad to promote awareness and understanding for mutual benefit. For a complete listing of members, see 2015 LincUP Panelists.
Contact the LincUP Facilitator, Lorre McKeone.
Present: Sally Brecks, Jeff Everett, Jim Falcon, Alex Gurciullo, Cindy Halligan, Rich Hoaglund, Dwight Livingston, Jack Nichols, Gordon Peeks, Lance Polk, Brittany Raymond, Bryan Robinson, June Robinson, Gary Smith, Jerry Wilson, Glynn Wolar
Guests: Joanna LaMoine (for Brandon Myers)
Absent: Angela Brown, Scott Castillo, Dan Czech, Neil Deertz, Kim Keeling, Shelly Kelly, Kirsten Parker, Kathy Swain, Dennis Thompson.
Facilitator: Lorre McKeone
Public Comment Period: No comments
Announcements/Introductions: David Welch or John Jones will replace Kyle Shepherd representing the Red Cross. NPHS teacher Kyle Milton will join the panel representing schools. This is Alex Gurciullo’s last meeting as she will graduate this month. The panel thanked Alex for her participation. Glynn Wolar will seek a replacement student from the college.
Community Roundtable: No announcements.
Jeff Everett - director-Transportation Services
Jeff reported that systemwide safety numbers year to date are the best in UP history. First quarter volume is down; lower local volume primarily is in coal shipments due to a mild winter and economical natural gas prices. Bailey Yard remains busy; currently 101 new hires are going through training.
Meeting Topic: Environmental Update –
Bryan Robinson, manager- UP Environmental Field Operations
The 32,000 miles of track in the Union Pacific Railroad system runs through 7000 communities mostly west of the Mississippi River. UP employs 47,000 employees with an annual payroll of $4.6 billion. In 2014 the railroad had purchases of $9.7 billion plus $4.1 billion in capital spending for equipment and infrastructure.
Seventy-five percent of waste generated annually by the railroad is recycled, reducing the company’s financial and environmental footprint. UP locomotives burn diesel fuel but are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. UP can move one ton of freight 480 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel, and one train can take up to 300 trucks off the highways.
Fire Station #3 (on west 2nd Street) and HazMat Response (north of Bailey Yard on Rodeo Road) are positioned to allow for rapid local response to hazmat incidents in the yard. There are seven access/evacuation/ staging areas where incident response headquarters can be set up in an emergency to provide a safe place for responders and employees to direct emergency response actions.
Approximately 8500 locomotives are serviced monthly at Bailey Yard in the Diesel Shop or in run-through operations. All yard activity must meet requirements of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Each year UP completes a spill prevention plan and monitors air and water quality to meet required levels for various environmental permits.
Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) environmental regulations classify Bailey Yard as:
- A Small Quantity Generator of Hazardous Waste – primarily aerosol paint used for touch up painting.
- A Large Quantity Handler of Universal Waste – with 11,000 pounds of signal batteries recycled/year. Union Pacific sells used oil from locomotives to a recycling firm that converts it to two-cycle engine oil. Metal, paper, plastic water bottles and batteries also are recycled.
In 2014, 8.4% of all UP carloads carried hazardous materials. RSSM (Rail Sensitive Security Material) carloads made up .0034% of the shipments and .003% were Toxic Inhalation Hazard (TIH) carloads. RSSM and TIH carloads are continuously tracked and kept moving to avoid damage from vandalism. Of all hazmat shipments, 99.98% were handled without incident. Union Pacific Railroad materials management mission encompasses four areas:
- Prevention: Prevent releases of hazardous materials in transportation through inspections, training and continuous improvement in equipment design.
- Preparedness: Develop internal and external assets for response and recovery including a training trailer with various tank car fittings and specialized tank car classrooms. Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plans are updated yearly. Customers receive training in loading and securement. Commodity Flow Data reports detail daily hazardous materials movement. UP teams regularly meet with and train volunteer fire department crews.
- Response: Responding to releases in a way that protects protect health, minimizes impact and stabilizes the incident. This involves coordinating responders and a disciplined approach to analyzing the problem, planning the response, implementing the plan and evaluating and adjusting as needed. When responding to an incident, UP works with local first responders and specialized contractors.
- Recovery: Take action to return to normal operations. Recovery activities include product removal or transfer, container decontamination and cleaning, incident debriefing, analysis and reporting, site remediation and restoration.
When an incident occurs, the train crew immediately notifies the dispatcher, yardmaster or local UP manager. They contact RMCC (Response Management Communication Center) at 1-888-UPRR-COP. RMCC, the emergency center for the railroad, is staffed 24 hours/day and calls CHEMTREC, the National Response Center and the chemical shippers whose cars are involved in the incident. The also make the mandatory notifications to state and federal agencies.
Membership: Open position — agriculture and students after May.
Planning: Proposed topics for coming months — May: Tour Bailey Yard, July: Tabletop Disaster Drill.
Summary and Strategy
Next meeting: 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015
Note: Our meeting this month is not at the college. Please plan to come to the Golden Spike Visitors Center. You can leave your car there and we will return to the Visitors Center for supper.
Meeting Topic: Tour Bailey Yard
|5:15 p.m.||Meet at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center|
(when you arrive tell the staff you are with LincUP and assemble in the lobby of the Visitors Center)
|5:30 p.m.||Tour begins with a view of the yard from the Golden Spike Tower|
Board Bus for Tour
Tour of Bailey Yard
Speakers: Scott Castillo, manager-Operating Practice II/Jeff Everett, director-Transportation Services
|7:00 p.m.||Supper at the Golden Spike|
Announcements/Community Round Table