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Rail Car Dumps Load

Montgomery, AL: (Apr-08-08) State Attorney General Troy King brought charges against CSX Corporation, alleging that the derailment of one of its railroad cars harmed nearby wildlife. The suit stemmed from a May 2006 incident, when CSX's cars derailed, spilling soybean into Little Creek, which flows into Yellow Leaf Creek. As a result of the spill, fish, mussels and snails were killed, prompting the state to file suit for compensation. Court records show that CSX admitted it did not report the spill soon enough, having waited three days. Company officials stated that the soybean grain resulted in only a "minor" fish kill.

Sources stated that facing the threat of a lawsuit, CSX Corp. agreed to a payout of $491,976 to State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to resolve allegations. State officials claimed that Alabama has one of the most diverse populations of aquatic life in North America, and that the settlement money will be used by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division to support future investigations of aquatic species loss. [LEGAL NEWSLINE: CSX PONIES UP HALF-MILLION FOR DEAD FISH]

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Published on Apr-10-08


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