01/24/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2023 11:09
The Company Estimates it will Spend $42 Million to Correct Violations and Offset Associated Environmental Harm
January 24, 2023
"Today's settlement requires GWRSI to bring its fleet of locomotives into compliance with Clean Air Act pollution control requirements," said Acting Assistant Administrator Larry Starfield of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "The settlement is expected to reduce tons of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter pollution and improve air quality where their trains operate."
"By requiring locomotives to follow emissions standards, and requiring dozens of older, higher-polluting locomotives to be scrapped altogether, this consent decree reduces health threats from air pollution nationwide, particularly in those communities that live along railroad corridors," said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division.
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 not 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 also requires GWRSI to pay a $1.35 million civil penalty.
The consent decree, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.