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The Colorado Chamber Members Ride Historic Union Pacific Train Back from Cheyenne

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CACI Members Ride Historic Union Pacific Train Back from Cheyenne

Last week, CACI members got the opportunity to ride Union Pacific’s refurbished steam locomotive #844 from Cheyenne to Denver, while getting to know other business leaders from along the Front Range and including Cheyenne’s business leader community.  Thanks to Tri-State, Wells Fargo, Adjusters International – Matrix Business Consulting and Colorado Business Roundtable for joining us!

Union Pacific is using this unique opportunity to foster and reconnect people to a love of trains and train travel.  This experience was open to families and not only were passengers able to walk between all 23 train cars, ranging from the late 1920’s to 1960’s furnishings, several retired conductors walked through the train to answer questions and punch “passenger tickets.”

CACI member highlights included getting to ride in double-decker “bubble” cars for 360 degree views, the 1920’s refurbished lounge cars, and where many of the road crossing right-of-ways were lined with admirers waiving to passengers. Union Pacific runs this historic train only twice per year in July – once for special guests and once for customers to experience Cheyenne Frontier Days, departing from Denver.

Union Pacific is one of the largest rail providers in the U.S., since they began operations in 1867, and today they partner with many of CACI’s members in bringing raw materials to market, as well as transporting large loads and manufactured goods across the country.  They have 948 employees in Colorado, our state represents 1,503 miles of their tracks and they saw $82.2 million in capital investments into Colorado just last year — supporting 8,532 jobs statewide.

CDPHE Rescission Letter in Response to CACI Industrial Waste Committee Request

Please view the Rescission Letter from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment rescinding it’s May 12th Notice sent to solid waste landfill owners and operators concerning the acceptance of oil and gas exploration and production (“E&P”) waste containing Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (“TENORM”).

In response to the May 12th Notice, the CACI Industrial Waste Subcommittee on behalf of the CACI Energy & Environment Council submitted a Comment Letter asking the Department to delay the deadlines set forth in the Notice and allow the requirements contemplated in the Notice to be reviewed as part of a formal stakeholder process that will support formal expansion of interim guidance to address the disposal of E&P waste and a future rulemaking.

The Rescission Letter indicates that the Department will replace the Notice with additional information at some point in the next 90 days.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Bill Skewes at [email protected].