: News

Alexandria Challenges Limits Of Local Authority In Court Of Appeals

Play associated audio

By Michael Pope

In Virginia, the contours of local authority are at the heart of a legal case unfolding at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Does the city of Alexandria have authority to regulate trucks carrying liquid ethanol that arrives from rail cars?

According to a recent federal district court, no it doesn't. Appealing that decision, attorney Eric Pilsk says the court was wrong to conclude that federal laws governing railroads preempted local authority.

"Because the regulation of trucks is not railroad transportation," says Pilsk. "It's just that simple."

But Gary Bryant, attorney for Norfolk Southern, says the city’s attempt to limit the number of trucks would create more problems than it solves.

"I would love to hear what the citizens of Alexandria would have to say if we said we were going to have to build a tank farm and store two and a half million gallons of ethanol in their neighborhood," says Bryant.

The court is expected to rule in the next few months.

NPR

Book Review: 'Born To Run,' Bruce Springsteen

Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new autobiography from Bruce Springsteen called Born To Run.
WAMU 88.5

A Matter Of Taste: What Prix Fixe Menus Say About D.C.'s Dining Scene

Is a meal for a special occasion worth hundreds of dollars?

NPR

Clinton-Trump Showdown Is Most-Watched Presidential Debate

An estimated 84 million people watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their first debate Monday, according to TV ratings data from Nielsen, making it the most-watched debate ever.
NPR

When Phones Went Mobile: Revisiting NPR's 1983 Story On 'Cellular'

The report titled "Cellular Phones Are Completely Mobile" features a man who was "among the first 1,500 customers to use a new mobile phone system called cellular."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.