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State to rail operator: Fix pollution or else | PressDemocrat.com | The Press Democrat | Santa Rosa, CA
Wednesday 15 Apr 2009, 09:23
Filed under: Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Sonoma

State to rail operator: Fix pollution or else | PressDemocrat.com | The Press Democrat | Santa Rosa, CA.

The Attorney General’s Office said NCRA can’t resume train operations until it comes up with a plan to deal with underground contamination of rail yards and other railroad property.

The state sued NCRA over the pollution in 1999 and the rail authority agreed to clean up its property as part of a court settlement.

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6 Comments

Let’s not forget that whatever pollution may exist, IF it exists, wasn’t put there by NCRA. Once again, this beef smacks of the old ploy of using environmental protection legislation as a sword and not a shield, soley to achieve some other obstructionist political purpose.

Comment by Bob Cleek

You guys going to have Arkley clean up the balloon tract, or should Union Pacific pick up the bill?

Comment by Anonymous

The Attorney General of the State of California is threatening to prevent the NCRA, a state agency, from operating a train which would decrease the existing level of air pollution. The reason given is they want the NCRA to remedy the ground pollution. The NCRA, a state agency, doesn’t have sufficient money to remedy the ground pollution. The state legislature is the obvious place to get the money, since the NCRA is a state agency. But apparently the legislature hasn’t appropriated the money, so the state AG is going to stop the train. It seems like the state AG ought to threaten the state legislature with some consequence in order to get them to appropriate the money. Of course, that wouldn’t go very far, and probably would violate the separation of powers provisions of the state constitution.
If this doesn’t make sense, I must say that the AG threatening the NCRA doesn’t make sense to me either.

Comment by John Beach

Good accurate article from Hank Sims this week

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/issues/2009/04/16/sea-change/

Comment by Anonymous

How does NCRA plan to move forward with this Cap?

Comment by Anonymous

I have no idea how they are going to do so.

Comment by capdiamont




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