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City Petitions Surface Transportation Board 

On June 17, the City of Alexandria submitted a Petition for a Declaratory Order to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), a federal oversight body. The Petition seeks a determination that Norfolk Southern’s Ethanol Transloading Facility, while located on Norfolk Southern property, is not the railroad’s facility and is operated by a private, non-rail carrier operator, RSI Leasing; therefore, the facility is subject to the City’s zoning authority and permit requirements. 

Norfolk Southern has claimed that under STB precedent, the new ethanol facility is a railroad facility, and thus is not required to comply with the City's zoning and other regulations.

If, however, the STB determines that the site is a railroad facility, the Petition seeks an alternative order directing Norfolk Southern to comply with federal regulations governing the transloading of ethanol by a railroad. These regulations require that the ethanol from a rail tank car be offloaded to a permanent storage tank with the capacity to hold the rail car’s entire contents.

City Contacts 

William Skrabak
Office of Environmental Quality
703.746.4065  

Other Contacts 

Norfolk Southern
757.629.2713

Hon. Mark Warner
U.S. Senate
475 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
202.224.2023

Hon. Tim Kaine
U.S. Senate
231 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
202.224.4024

Hon. Don Beyer
U.S. House of Representatives
431 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
202.225.4376

City Council
301 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4550