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  • Union Pacific railroad company to pay $1.5 million for clean water act violations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Union Pacific Railroad Company regarding alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act. This settlement resolves a Clean Water Act enforcement action against Union Pacific that involves continuing operations at 20 rail yards in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as spills of oil and coal in 2003 and ...

  • Colorado flooding triggers oil spills, shutdowns

    Colorado's flooding shut down hundreds of natural gas and oil wells in the state's main petroleum-producing region and triggered at least two spills, temporarily suspending a multibillion-dollar drilling frenzy and sending inspectors into the field to gauge the extent of pollution. Besides the possible environmental impact, flood damage to roads, railroads and other infrastructure will affect the ...


    By Associated Press

  • 35,000 gallons of oil spills after Montana train derailment

    Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail. No one was reported injured in the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bangor-based railway company fined for clean water violations

    A Maine-based railroad has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle EPA claims that it violated the Clean Water Act and federal regulations designed to prevent oil spills from reaching waterways. Bangor-based Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway operates a locomotive repair and maintenance facility in Milo, Maine, which has a total storage capacity of almost 108,000 gallons of oil. According to EPA, a ...

  • Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

    At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions. The derailments released almost 3 million gallons of oil, nearly twice as much as the largest pipeline spill in the U.S. since at least 1986. And the deadliest wreck killed 47 people in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oil mars Alabama swamp months after crude train crash

    Environmental regulators promised an aggressive cleanup after a tanker train hauling 2.9 million gallons of crude oil derailed and burned in a west Alabama swamp in early November amid a string of North American oil train crashes. So why is dark, smelly crude oil still oozing into the water four months later? The isolated wetland smelled like a garage when a reporter from The Associated Press ...


    By Associated Press

  • Vapor Intrusion, an Invisible Threat to Building Occupants

    In 1970, over a dozen railroad cars left their tracks in Leroy, New York.  Several ruptured containers held trichloroethylene, also known as TCE.  An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 gallons of the chemical spilled to the ground.   The TCE that spilled has made its way into the ground across the area prompting officials to perform vapor intrusion testing in a number of homes decades ...

  • Quebec explosion highlights risk of oil transport

    The deadly explosion of a runaway oil train in Canada highlights the risks that come from transporting oil, no matter the method. Spills from rail cars occur more frequently than from pipelines, but tend to be smaller. And pipelines can be built to avoid population centers and fragile ecosystems, while trains travel routes where such concerns often were not weighed. The Quebec disaster, blamed ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tankers carrying oil derail, catch fire in Virginia

    Crews used cranes and other heavy equipment Thursday to clean up a derailment that plunged oil-carrying tanker cars into a Virginia river while state officials worked to determine the environmental impact of the thousands of gallons of spilled crude. Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden said state workers smelled oil downstream from the derailment site during a night-time ...


    By Associated Press

  • November 2011 SPCC compliance deadline extended to may 2013 for agricultural facilities; EPA providing compliance assistance to farms for SPCC rule

    EPA has recently extended the date that agricultural facilities must come into compliance with the new Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule to May 10, 2013. Many of the changes to the 1974 rule now streamline the requirements for farmers and small facilities, especially those storing up to 10,000 gallons of oil.  Agricultural facilities that began storing oil before ...

  • AristaTek, Inc. Releases Written Brief on the Toxic Consequences of Smoke Plumes from Burned Crude Oil

    Aristatek, Inc, a leading provider of hazardous materials planning and response solutions, has prepared a written brief detailing the consequences of toxins in smoke plumes from spilled crude oil in response to the numerous railcar disasters that have recently taken place in the United States and Canada. The company will make this brief available at no cost to Hazmat teams, fire departments/fire ...


    By AristaTek, Inc.

  • EPA announces Nevada environmental enforcement accomplishments for 2006

    SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement actions in Nevada for 2006 brought environmental and public health benefits for the state’s residents as polluters paid over $4 million to correct environmental violations and prevent future pollution. The EPA invested approximately $2.25 million in Superfund monies to abate further environmental damage at the Anaconda ...

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