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To: BNSF Hazardous Commodity Customers
12/10/2009

New Non-Accident Release Charge For Hazardous Commodities Effective January 1, 2010

Effective Friday, January 1, 2010, BNSF will issue a $5,000 accessorial charge for each occurrence of a Non-Accident Release (NAR) from a car loaded with or containing residue of Hazardous Material Commodities.

For the purpose of this charge, a Non-Accident Release is defined as any unintentional release of Hazardous Material Commodities during transportation that was not caused by a rail-related accident or derailment. A NAR includes leaks, splashes and other releases from improperly secured or defective valves, fittings and tank shells, and also includes the venting of hazardous gases from safety relief devices.

Effective January 1, 2010, BNSF will introduce corresponding Items 3230 and 227 in BNSF Rules Book 6100-A and BNSF Rules Book 4980-A, respectively.

    This charge includes the switching required to move the involved car from the track where the NAR occurred, or was first identified, to a track where isolation, repairs and/or cleanup can safely be made. The charge does not include associated demurrage or any other securement-related charges. The shipper will be liable for all expenses associated with the securement, cleanup and other incidental charge associated with handling of the NAR event.

    For a list of applicable Hazardous Material Commodities subject to this charge, please refer to the Directory of Hazardous Materials Shipping Descriptions as published by Railinc, Section 1, Part 2, and Section 2, Part 2.
      If you have any questions, please contact your BNSF Marketing Representative.

      The safe and efficient transportation of your products is important to us. Thank you for choosing BNSF Railway as your transportation service provider.

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