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To: BNSF Carload Customers

REMINDER: Policy to Enhance Transportation Safety Of Hazardous Materials Effective December 1, 2008

In a Marketing News on Friday, October 31, 2008, BNSF announced a policy to further improve the safe transportation of toxic inhalation and poison inhalation hazard commodities (TIH/PIH). As a reminder, beginning Monday, December 1, 2008, BNSF will require shippers tendering shipments of TIH/PIH materials to provide movement instructions for those shipments before a TIH/PIH load is released for transportation by BNSF.

Having the proper documentation in place before releasing TIH/PIH shipments will better enable BNSF to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate.

The policy, as described below, will be added to the BNSF Rules Book 6100-A, effective December 1, 2008:

“Prior to releasing a car or residue shipment of toxic inhalation or poison inhalation hazard material (TIH/PIH) as described in Item 1150 BNSF Rule Book 6100, a shipper must provide proper forwarding instructions. In the event that a shipper tenders loaded or empty TIH/PIH cars without proper forwarding instructions in the BNSF Systems, at the time of release, at either an industry location or at an interchange point, these cars may not be accepted by BNSF. In the event TIH/PIH cars are tendered with non-TIH/PIH cars, BNSF will pull the tendered cars from a set, up to the first TIH/PIH car lacking proper forwarding instructions. Any cars located on the track behind the TIH/PIH car lacking proper forwarding instructions may not be pulled until the next regularly scheduled switch, after BNSF receives and processes proper forwarding instructions for the previously undocumented TIH/PIH car. Shipper may be subject to applicable charges.”

If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact BNSF Customer Support at 888-428-2673, option 4.

Your business is important to us. Thank you again for choosing BNSF as your transportation service provider.

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