Alexandria Calls For Cooperation For Future Ethanol Spills | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Alexandria Calls For Cooperation For Future Ethanol Spills

Play associated audio

Members of the Alexandria City Council are calling on Norfolk Southern to notify them of any problems at a hazardous waste facility on the city's West End.

Norfolk Southern officials say they were just following protocol last week, when 150 gallons of liquid ethanol spilled as it was being transported from rail cars to tanker trucks last week. Liquid ethanol is a class 3 hazardous substance, so the railroad notified federal and state officials. They did not, however, get around to calling the Alexandria Fire Department until more than an hour later.

"We have an emergency plan for this kind of event. It worked correctly," says Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman. "The spilled material was fully contained, and it was cleaned up appropriately. There was no emergency that required the presence of the fire department."

Now Alexandria City Manager Rashad Young is calling on Norfolk Southern to notify the city immediately if any accident occurs at the facility, which is only a few feet away from an elementary school.

"Should there have really been a significant issue, we would presume they would hopefully dial the universal number for help, 911, which is what we want to encourage them to do in the future," says Young.

City leaders are hoping to schedule a meeting with railroad executives in the next few weeks.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 17

Art is what you make of it. You can chew, crunch and dance at a bacon-inspired festival or see how a local artist transformed old objects into responsive sculptures.

NPR

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.
NPR

House Could Vote On $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.
NPR

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

With the price of solar panels falling, more municipalities and homeowners are installing them. But having solar panels doesn't mean you won't lose power in a blackout — at least not yet.

Leave a Comment

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