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Hazardous Material Spill In Alexandria Prompts New Procedures

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This week 30 gallons of liquid ethanol spilled onto the ground of a loading facility less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

Norfolk Southern, which owns the operation, failed to notify the local fire department and instead alerted the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Norfolk Southerns says it was just following standard procedure, and the state eventually notified the fire department. But neighborhood residents didn't find out until the next day.

A Norfolk Southern spokesman says the railroad will notify the city government immediately after any incident in the future, and a spokesman for the city also committed to more timely notification.

Michael Pope reports...


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