Two railroad companies fined $90K for failing to follow safe waste management practices
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Two railroad companies fined $90K for failing to follow safe waste management practices

August 14, 2019


BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. OSHA WAS CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE WHAT HAPPENED. ASHLEY: THE STATE IS PENALIZING TWO RAILROAD COMPANIES FOR FAILING TO FOLLOW SAFE WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI JOINS US FROM OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU TO EXPLAIN THE VIOLATIONS. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IS FINING BOTH PAN AM RAILWAYS AND THE BOSTON & MAINE CORPORATION $90 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR ABANDONING THEIR RAILROAD TIES IN MULTIPLE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TOWNS. MASSDEP SPOKESWOMAN CATHERINE SKIBA TOLD 22NEWS THE TWO RAILROAD COMPANIES SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH THEM IN 2013, REQUIRING THEM TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF THEIR RAILROAD TIES. SCEEBA SAID THEY ISSUED THEM FINES AFTER FINDING LARGE PAN AM AND BOSTON AND MAINE RAIL TIE PILES IN GREENFIELD, BUCKLAND, AND HATFIELD. THOUSANDS OF PAN AM RAILROAD TIES CAUGHT FIRE IN JUNE OF 2017 IN A GRAVEL PIT ON ROUTE 142 IN NORTHFIELD. CHIEF SKIP DUNNELL: NORTHFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT IF THEY ARE STACKING THE TIES IN ANY COMMUNITY, THEY HAVE TO NOTIFY THE COMMUNITY OF WHATS GOING ON. BECAUSE THERE IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND A FIRE RELATED IMPACT. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: CHIEF DUNNELL TOLD 22NEWS THE RAIL TIES HAD BEEN SITTING IN THE GRAVEL PIT ON ROUTE 142 FOR MORE THAN 8 MONTHS AND PAN AM NEVER TOLD THE TOWN THEY WERE KEEPING THEIR RAILROAD TIES THERE. . DUNNELL SAID RAILROAD TIES CAN BE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FIRES SINCE MANY ARE SOAKED IN THE OIL, CREOSOTE. LIVE IN GREENFIELD, FOR 22NEWS,

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