2011 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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CSX Ethanol Storage Limits (language only)

Item 448 #3c

Item 448 #3c

Rail and Public Transportation, Department of

Page 384, after line 19, insert:
"F.1. Prior to July 1, 2011, the Director, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and CSX Transportation shall initiate the development of a plan to reduce average dwell times of hazardous material shipments subject to regulation under Title 49 CFR Part 174 et seq. within rail yards, depots, sidings, and other intermediate terminals or facilities and properties located in the City of Fredericksburg to not longer than 24 hours.  The plan shall establish specific dates by which infrastructure improvements or other means of reducing average dwell times of hazardous material shipments are anticipated to be implemented or placed  in service.
2. This plan shall include, but not be limited to, a review of (i) options for increasing capacity at existing storage facilities that terminate near Fredericksburg, including infrastructure improvements that would reduce volumes and dwell times; (ii) infrastructure improvements to create greater physical separation between commodity storage areas and residential communities; and (iii) infrastructure improvements to transfer intermediate storage of commodities to locations closer to terminus of the shipment.  
Any necessary infrastructure improvements identified during development of the plan may be listed for consideration for funding through programs administered by the Commonwealth.
In addition, this plan shall also assess the adequacy of training provided to local first responders and regional hazmat response teams and establish a plan for enhanced training on addressing railroad and hazmat incidents including the development of a comprehensive emergency response plan.
In developing this plan, the Director, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, shall solicit the input and involvement of the affected jurisdictions.  All agencies of the Commonwealth, upon request, shall provide necessary technical expertise including the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, the Department of Health, and the Department of Environmental Quality.
3. Not later than September 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 the Director, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, shall report to the Chairman of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees on the progress of developing and implementing the plan."

(This amendment requires DRPT and CSX to develop a plan for limiting the amount of time that hazardous or explosive materials can be stored on rail properties to no longer than 24 hours.)