CSX Ordered to Clean Up Areas Impacted by Train Derailment
The EPA has ordered CSX Corp. to clean up and restore the areas that were affected by the West Virginia train derailment that occurred on Feb. 16.
The CSX train derailment that happened in West Virginia released more than three million gallons of crude oil which caused an explosion, the loss of a house, multiple fires, and required residents in the nearby areas to evacuate their homes.
Less than three weeks after the occurrence, the EPA has ordered CSX to develop and implement a plan for all of the areas that were impacted by the derailment. CSX must work closely with the State of West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the Unified Command, and other agencies to ensure that proper cleanup for both short-term and long-term restoration.
Some of the requirements for CSX outlined by the EPA include, air and water monitoring and testing; regular inspections of the Kanawha river and the Armstrong Creek; long-term monitoring of groundwater, surface water, and shorelines.
For more information on EPA’s order, please click here.