NS Joins Operation Clean Sweep

Norfolk Southern said it has joined Operation Clean Sweep in seeking to eliminate pollution caused by micro plastics being released into marine ecosystems.

The carrier signed on to a pledge created by the American Chemistry Council and Plastics Industry Association as part of an international program that provides guidance for companies to help reduce plastics pollution.

In a news release, NS said its chief marketing officer, Alan Shaw, signed the pledge on its behalf and thus joined several of its shippers in seeking to raise awareness for the environmental concern.

“As part of the pledge, Norfolk Southern will work to achieve zero loss of plastic resin into the environment,” Shaw said in a statement.

“We are developing an extensive education campaign to raise awareness among our employees and we will increase our scrutiny to make sure the hopper cars we transport are properly secured and sealed.”

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