RD125 - Annual Report to the Joint Subcommittee Studying Measures to Reduce Emissions from Coal-Carrying Railroad Cars per Senate Resolution No. 257 – February 2020
In accordance with the 1997 Virginia Senate Joint Resolution No. 257, Norfolk Southern Corporation (Norfolk Southern) summarizes the efforts to identify and mitigate fugitive coal dust emissions from its rail corridors and facilities in the Commonwealth during the calendar year 2019. This report illustrates Norfolk Southern’s compliance with the resolution and its commitment to protect the environment.
Summary of Key Accomplishments in 2019
- Norfolk Southern’s Performance Monitoring Plan remains fully implemented.
- The Trackside Monitor in Altavista, VA continues to monitor trains headed for the Tidewater area. Norfolk Southern continues to improve characterization of in-transit emissions using statistical tools to identify sources of excessively dusty events. Norfolk Southern also continues to utilize analytical tools to increase its ability to respond more timely if any significant dust events occur.
- The Dusting Report Line (1-800-621-0772) continues to be available to record any complaints from persons and businesses located in the rail corridors through which Norfolk Southern transports coal. No calls from Virginia were received on the line in 2019.
- Monitoring of particulate matter (PM10) near Lamberts Point in Norfolk, VA continues to demonstrate that PM10 levels are far below the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).