Green Plains Receives Safety Awards from BNSF Railway Company, Canadian National Railway Company, CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation

Green Plains is pleased to be recognized for its commitment to operational efficiency and the importance of safety by recently being awarded four awards in transportation safety. BNSF Railway Company, a freight transportation company operating 32,000 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces, honored Green Plains with the 2011 Product Stewardship Award for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail during 2010. This award has been presented since 1997 to shippers who transported a minimum of 500 loaded tank cars of hazardous materials during the previous year with zero non-accident releases during the entire transportation cycle. Canadian National Railway Company, a transportation company that offers integrated transportation services, recently awarded Green Plains with the 2010 CN Safe Handling Award in honor of Green Plains' safe rail loading throughout 2010. This award was launched in 1992 to recognize customers for handling dangerous good and meet strict standards for the safe handling and shipment of regulated products. CSX, a leading transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck trainload services, honored Green Plains' commitment to chemical and shipping safety over the most environmentally friendly means of land transportation by awarding the 2010 CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award (CSEA). The CSEA specifically recognizes those companies that shipped more than 600 or more railcars during 2010 on CSX, with no non-accidental hazardous material releases through the entire year. Norfolk Southern Corporation, whose Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, presented Green Plains with the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for 2010 for the safe handling of hazardous materials. The award is presented to a company or facility that ships more than 1,000 carloads of regulated hazardous material without incident for the year.

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