CSX TRANSPORTATION, GOVERNMENT REACH SETTLEMENT IN POLLUTION CASE

CSX TRANSPORTATION, GOVERNMENT REACH SETTLEMENT IN POLLUTION CASE

CSX Transportation Inc. has agreed to pay a $3 million civil penalty and spend $4.1 million to conduct environmental surveys at 80 facilities in 15 states, according to terms of an agreement reached with the U.S. government.

The settlement agreement's terms require the railroad, based in Jacksonville, Fla., to correct Clean Water Act violations at 22 sites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement.At five of the six yards where violations were alleged, conditions that allowed polluted water to run off into the soil during locomotive refueling or car washing have been corrected, the federal units said in a statement.

CSXT officials could not be reached for comment.

The agreement also requires CSXT to mitigate conditions that threaten health and the human environment at 61 other sites and to develop an awareness training program for supervisory personnel covering storm water management.