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ATWG: EPA Should Deny ‘Dangerous’ CARB Rule

The full membership of the Agricultural Transportation Working Group (ATWG), a consortium of close to 90 national and state/regional associations, is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny the

CSX Update on Howells Yard Derailment

CSX late on Nov. 17 reported that recovery efforts were under way at its Howells Yard in Atlanta, Ga., following an early-morning collision of a Norfolk Southern (NS) train with a standing CSX train at an interchange point.

NS Issues East Palestine Progress Report

Norfolk Southern (NS) has released a six-month progress report outlining its efforts following the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment as well as its next steps. The 15-page report (download below) covers the

Federal lawmakers and environmental groups are urging the DOT to reject the use of tax-exempt "private equity bonds" to fund the Uinta Basin Railway.

Lawmakers, Environmental Groups Urge DOT to Reject Use of Bonds to Fund Uinta Basin Railway

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), along with more than 150 environmental groups, some from as far away as New Jersey, have sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to reject the use of tax-exempt “private activity bonds” for the Uinta Basin Railway, stating that the project would “undermine President Biden’s priority of addressing the climate crisis, and harm communities through which these oil trains will travel and where this oil will be refined.”

Image that includes the site of former Houston Wood Preserving Works, Courtesy of UP, via Twitter

UP Advances Environmental Assessment, Testing at HWPW

More environmental assessment and testing will take place at the former Houston Wood Preserving Works (HWPW), which closed in 1984, according to Union Pacific (UP). The Class I railroad inherited the Houston, Tex., site in 1997 after its merger with Southern Pacific Transportation Company (Southern Pacific Railroad).

G&W, EPA Reach Environmental Settlement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Jan. 24 announced a settlement with Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services Inc. (G&W) and its affiliated companies for what it called a violation of Clean Air Act (CAA) locomotive regulations.