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.

NPR

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
NPR

Author And His Daughter Cook Around The Word And You Can Too

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.
NPR

Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
NPR

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Leave a Comment

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