Thursday, February 25, 2016

EPA compels BNSF Railway to resolve spills in Plains states

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has agreed to resolve oil spills, improve prevention and its response capacity in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached an agreement with the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), resolving alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act at several locations in the states of Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. These include a March 2010 discharge of approximately 3,750 gallons of diesel from a locomotive in Mobridge, South Dakota affecting Lake Oahe[.]
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In Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) EPA is awarding proposals ranging from $300,000 to $1,500,000 that would significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure.

Millions of acres are being farmed for ethanol by burning diesel fuel. Logging is diesel fuel-intensive. Diesel can be distilled from wood waste ground in the landing processing some with mobile pyrolysis systems.

South Dakota is one state that has completely fallen down on protecting the environment.

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