Lawsuit for Mishandled Asbestos Removal Settles—Union Pacific Railroad Agrees to Pay $200,000

Union Pacific Violates NESHAP with Asbestos Removal

February 2, 2009 - Union Pacific Railroad has agreed to pay $200,000 plus $28,202 in investigation costs to state and environmental officials for mishandling the removal of 13 asbestos-contaminated signal sheds in 2005. After removing the sheds from along rail lines, the sheds were given to Western Metals Recycling for shredding. Chrysotile asbestos was discovered in the last shed before it was shredded. The removal of asbestos is covered by the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Act (NESHAP).

"We feel this is the best resolution you can have in a situation like this," said Union Pacific spokeswoman, Zoe Richmond. She also stated that the company's signal shed demolition policy had been updated.

The agreement will need to be approved by a U.S. District Court judge. A court date has not yet been set.

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