CSX, state reach settlement on fuel spill from derailment

CSX, state reach settlement on fuel spill from derailment

COVINGTON, Va. (AP) - Railroad company CSX Corp. has reached a settlement with Virginia environmental regulators over a derailment in Covington that sent fuel into the Jackson River.

The Roanoke Times reports that as part of a consent order with the Department of Environmental Quality, CSX will pay a fine of $2,125. The company also will conduct monthly river monitoring and submit reports four times a year to the state.

The derailment happened in October 2016 in a rail yard. A hole was punched in a fuel tank, and about 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled.

The newspaper says no fish were killed, but regulators noted a discolored sheen on the water's surface.

The enforcement action won't be final until the end of a public comment session, which runs through Nov. 15.

CSX has headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.

Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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