GWRSI to Pay Over $40M to Settle Locomotives CAA Breaches
1/24 1:27 PM
GWRSI to Pay Over $40M to Settle Locomotives CAA Breaches OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services Inc. and numerous affiliated companies for violation of Clean Air Act locomotive regulations. The complaint, also filed today, alleges that GWRSI's diesel-fuel locomotives with rebuilt engines failed to meet applicable EPA emission standards, and that GWRSI did not perform required emissions-related maintenance or keep records of maintenance performed. GWRSI estimates that it will spend approximately $42 million to comply with consent decree requirements which will reduce nitrogen oxides from its locomotives by approximately 469 tons per year and particulate matter emissions by 14 tons per year. Due to cost and other considerations, locomotives and their engines are typically rebuilt or remanufactured multiple times during their operational lives. EPA regulations require that rebuilt locomotive engines use the latest technology for that model year locomotive to reduce emissions. The consent decree requires GWRSI to comply with this requirement for rebuilt engines and take steps to ensure that it does not purchase or sell locomotives that have been rebuilt without conforming to applicable emissions standards. It also requires that GWRSI timely perform critical emissions-related maintenance. To mitigate excess pollutants associated with the alleged violations, the settlement requires GWRSI to remove from service and permanently destroy 88 older locomotives that are required to meet any EPA emission standards. GWRSI has further agreed that it will replace any locomotives it has scrapped only with locomotives subject to and meeting EPA emission standards. The consent decree requires GWRSI to pay a $1.35 million civil penalty. Logged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. (c) Copyright 2023 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.
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