Union Pacific Railroad will pay $1.5 million in fines for environmental damage in Provo and other areas of the Intermountain West. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement, which is part of a Clean Water Act enforcement action, in a news release last month. The funds repay the national emergency fund for cleanup costs at 20 rail yards in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. It also covers damage from spills of oil and coal along tracks in all three states. In a statement on its website, Union Pacific says it works to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations. According to Regional Administrator Jim Martin, the EPA is monitoring Union Pacific’s efforts to improve safety and prevent environmental damage.
Source: Insurance Journal
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