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Environmental Compliance Handbook for Short Line Railroads

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 1996
AUTHOR: Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Environmental Protection
KEYWORDS: Environmental Impact, Environmental Laws, Railroad Operations
ABSTRACT: Short line railroad operations are governed by a variety of laws passed by the federal government to regulate the impact of human activities on the environment. Non-compliance with these regulations can result in damage to the environment and potentially significant financial liabilities for clean-up costs or fines. Unfortunately, environmental regulations and laws can be extremely confusing. In addition, sources of information on environmental compliance may seem difficult to find. Environmental compliance may be especially difficult for short line railroads which do not have the time or the staff necessary to determine their responsibilities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Railroad Administration, in cooperation with the American Short Line Railroad Association, the Association of American Railroads, and volunteer short line railroads all over the nation, developed this handbook to address those issues. This handbook is a "plain-English" guide to short line railroad environmental responsibilities and the laws that created them. For further information, the handbook provides state and federal agency contacts and Hotlines.