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This page contains references and links to all electronic communications among City staff, and between City staff, Norfolk Southern, and the community regarding the establishment and operation of the Ethanol Transloading Facility. The communications, furnished in response to requests made under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, cover the period from June 20, 2006 at 8 a.m. to May 29, 2008, at 5 p.m.

E-mail addresses and telephone numbers have been redacted to protect the privacy of residents and of City staff whose home and mobile phone numbers were included on the communications. To contact City officials or staff, please use the links on the left side of this page, or Contact Us.

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Re: Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading

  • To: Russell Middleton; "John North" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>; text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting; text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting; text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting; text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting; "Chet Helms" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>; "Mrs. Troy Gibbs" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>; "Luis Santano" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>
  • Subject: Re: Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading
  • From: Adam Thiel/Alex
  • Date: 06 Apr 2008 02:12:09
  • Bcc:
  • Cc: "Cameron Hall" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>; "Michele Evans" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>


Another important thing to mention:

The City will likely be negotiating with Norfolk Southern to obtain (at least some of) the resources needed to protect the ethanol transloading operation. is imperative that we use the utmost discretion in any dealings with the railroad and its contractors. Any discussions with the aforementioned should be at a tactical level and must include oversight from Chief North and/or a designated member of our Command/OEM staff. We must "stick to the facts" regarding our current operational/resource profile and leave any strategic discussions for the CMO and City Attorney, with direct involvement from me and John Catlett and/or Chief Rodriguez.

We'll be setting a meeting next week to discuss this matter in more detail.



    ----- Original Message -----

    From: Russell Middleton
    Sent: 04/04/2008 08:45 PM
    To: Joe Hoffmaster; Christopher Leischner; Michael Brown; Thomas Harrell; Dwayne Bonnette; Michael Farri; Chet Helms; John North
    Cc: Byron Andrews III; Briant Atkins; Gerald Fair; Troy Gibbs; Luis Santano; LeddyAnne Dell; Jeanne Rexroad; Michael Keske; Nel Hanson; Sally Price; Michael Dewalt
    Subject: Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading

        This is notification of ethanol being transloaded in the Norfolk Southern facility. At this point, the transloading has not started, however, based on observations from Code Enforcement and our Fire Marshal's, transloading may be only days away. It should be noted that Norfolk Southern did not build an ethanol facility as was first talked about several months ago. It appears that the transloading will be done from rail car to tank car and then transported.
        There is much to do as admittedly we do not have the equipment or supplies to handle a fire at this site. In the interim, our NOVA partners will be notified and alerted of our dilemma. There will be on going talks at high levels of city government and resources and equipment needs in order to manage an incident with ethanol involved will be emphasized. Please share this with those under your command. More will be given as we are informed.
Chief Middleton...