September 17, 2014

Shippers liable for coal dust costs

STB_logoFederal regulators have handed freight railroads a victory, saying they can require shippers to pay for specific steps to control coal dust from rail cars.

 In a Dec. 13 decision, the Surface Transportation Board ruled that shippers failed to prove that BNSF Railway Co.’s coal-loading rules were unreasonable, though it struck down one provision relating to shipper liability.

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