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Va. Fines CSX $361,000 for April 2014 Lynchburg Derailment


  Virginia environmental officials are proposing a $361,000 fine against CSX Transportation for an April 2014 train derailment that dumped nearly 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil into the James River in Lynchburg.

The state Department of Environmental Quality announced the proposed consent order with the rail company on Monday. The April 30 derailment saw 17 cars derail, with three going into the river and one catching fire.

The DEQ says of the crude oil that escaped the tank car, 98 percent was consumed in a fire.

The department said water quality checks of the James from Lynchburg to Richmond several days after the derailment found no environmental problems.

The consent order also calls for CSX to pay more than $18,000 for DEQ’s investigative costs.

Another CSX-owned train carrying the same Bakken Crude oil derailed along the Fayette-Kanawha county line in West Virginia last week. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the cause of the incident.