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Lye Spill

Pittsburgh, PA: (Nov-15-07) The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the state Fish and Boat Commission brought charges against Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Norfolk Southern Corp., after a June 2006 derailment that spilled 42,000 gallons of lye into Big Fill Run, Sinnemahoning-Portage Creek, and the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek. Experts testified that the spill caused the death of fish and other aquatic life, as well as terrestrial plants and animals. It also polluted soils, sediments, surface water, groundwater, and wetlands.

As part of a settlement reached, Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Norfolk Southern Corp. agreed to pay $7.35 million to resolve litigation. Though Norfolk Southern has completed cleanup at the site, under the agreement, it will have to monitor restoration and submit reports to the DEP twice a year starting in 2008 and annually for the next three years. Sources stated that most of the money, about $6.76 million, will go to community organizations or be used by the state to support environmental restoration work. [PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW: LYE SPILL]

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Published on Nov-17-07


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