MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. — The federal EPA issued an order Friday that says CSX must continue to clean-up and restore the area of Fayette County impacted by the Feb. 16 train derailment.

The EPA said CSX has worked with the Unified Command since the derailment on the initial clean-up near Mount Carbon where 27 cars derailed.

The EPA said CSX must:

*Continue air and water monitoring and testing;

*Contain and recover oil on Armstrong Creek, the Kanawha River and their tributaries and the adjoining shorelines;

*Regularly inspect the boom located along the river to capture the residual oily water as ice continues to melt;

*Maintain the integrity of the metal sheet pile wall that creates a barrier between the rail line and the Kanawha River to allow the recovery of oil to continue;

*Provide education to residents about the potential effects from the incident including potential health threats, protective measures, wildlife preservation, and claims and notification procedures;

*Conduct long-term monitoring of Armstrong Creek, the Kanawha River and their adjoining shorelines to detect oil that may be discharged from area facilities;

*Report to EPA and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection on progress and confirm compliance with the approved plan;

*Respond immediately, if another threat to public health or welfare occurs while implementing the order; and

*Conduct long–term monitoring for air quality and testing for ground water, surface water and shorelines to ensure that the cleanup and restoration remain effective.

Meanwhile, CSX resumed a normal schedule on the repaired tracks Friday and that includes more trains carrying Bakkan oil.

“It’s part of the freight that goes over that line,” CSX Spokesman Gary Sease told MetroNews Friday. “Those shipments, along with all the other freight we haul, have resumed.”

The rebuilt line, just a few miles from Montgomery, reopened Thursday afternoon.

Contract crews with specialized equipment and skills removed the twisted metal of the burned out cars and then had to remove all of the oil affected soil from the site before rebuilding the railroad’s bed. The tracks were laid again to complete the repairs.

“We had a lot of traffic that had to be rerouted while that line was closed, but now normal operations are resuming on that line,” Sease said.

The track is one of the main east-west lines for CSX freight. Sease added it is a particularly vital link for shipping central Appalachian coal to the docks at Norfolk and Newport News, Va. for export.

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  • rick

    Who needs the EPA anyway? Clean water and land is way over rated.

  • Retired

    @stupid hillbillies, sorry but your comment seems to exemplify your name.

  • dangerousdaneerfan

    There is FAR worse running the rails than just oil. Ammonia, Chlorine, Nitric Acid, et al.

  • Jonus Grumby

    If you are opposed to transporting oil via rail then you must also oppose the transportation of any other hazardous material via rail. That's fine. What do you suggest? The safety record of trucks isn't exactly a sterling one either. Pipelines? Perhaps. But good luck on getting more of those approved. Again, your solution?

  • Stupid Hillbillies

    Now the m0r0n's gestapo begins their assault.

  • Joseph Bartgis

    I'm not surprised but glad the rail is open again to CSX.
    That being said the hauling this oil on rails is still A Clear and Present Danger to general public and enviroment. I'm not happy with the EPA.

  • Jonus Grumby

    That's right. The more oil and pollution in the streams, the better for commerce. A sign of economic power and progress. After all, everybody knows republicans have their own source of clean water for consumption and recreation that is separate from the rest of the general population, so we don't care. For myself, I have a private pipeline of Perrier water that I use to wash my environmentally unfriendly fleet of SUVs.

    Sarcasm off.

    I have few problems with the EPA's policy concerning this disaster.

  • Fred

    There's that blankety-blank EPA again, trying to stop pollution and protect citizens and the environment. Real West Virginians won't put up with that kind of BS for a minute. Pollution means jobs and jobs are issue #1! Where is Shelley when we need her?

  • Moco man

    Sorry Mook but that is the truth. The tracks are an important route to the port and they are not going to shut down.........unfortunately, accidents do happen........

  • mook

    Some people talk like fools with no brains. How about if they close your street 1 mile in either direction if a accident happens on your street and you have to walk, how would that sound. I am sure you would be sceaming. You can't stop things just because something happens on the tracks.

  • rjones

    It al boils down to Oil Thirsty Consumers. No body wants a Pipeline in their state, so how else can the oil be moved.( by Air) That would be something scary!!! Nothing made by man is without problems.

  • beekeeper

    Keystone XL, nah that's politically incorrect.

  • Moco man if the rail broke as the train was passing, who do you hold accountable? People automatically assume someone done something wrong............i am thinking it wasn't too obvious because something would have been seen while reviewing the footage from the camera........

  • ViennaGuy

    - Did anybody really think any changes would be made, or anybody would be accountable. -

    So that stretch of rail line should be shut down totally until the investigation has been completed and people are tried & convicted of some crime related to the accident? Is that what you are saying?

  • lh

    Did anybody really think any changes would be made, or anybody would be accountable. If this had occurred in a state with a large electoral vote like Pennsylvania, it would be different.