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RE: Norfolk Southern Van Dorn Intermodal Facility

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  • Subject: RE: Norfolk Southern Van Dorn Intermodal Facility
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  • Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 15:13:26 -0400
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Would you and your team be available to attend a community meeting to discuss this facility on Thursday, June 5th at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be in or near Cameron Station depending on availability.


Mindy Lyle


Mindy Lyle

5235 Tancreti Lane

Alexandria, VA  22304




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Subject: Norfolk Southern Van Dorn Intermodal Facility


Ms. Mindy Lyle
5235 Tancreti Lane
Alexandria, VA 22304

Ms. Lyle:

We appreciate your concerns regarding the ethanol transloading operation at the Norfolk Southern Intermodal Facility.

City staff will present an overview to City Council tonight (May 27, 2008), but in the meantime I wanted to respond directly to your two questions from an email yesterday, specifically:

1) "What are the emergency preparedness plans in relation to this facility?"
Since discovering the facility began operating in April 2008, the Alexandria Fire Department has worked aggressively to secure the specialized equipment, supplies, and training required to address an emergency incident involving bulk quantities of ethanol. Just today we received a foam trailer with 660 gallons of onboard foam concentrate and a high-capacity nozzle to deliver alchohol resistant aqueous film forming foam (AR-AFFF); an additional 1,600 gallons of AR-AFFF concentrate is stored at the facility. We are in the process of obtaining a dedicated tow/spill response vehicle for the trailer, along with several additional foam delivery appliances. Our Hazardous Materials Response Team is on-duty 24/7/365 and we have secured additional specialized training for Team members. Emergency management plans are being updated as part of the City's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) developent. We will continue working to enhance our readiness to respond to an ethanol incident in the City.

2) "Also, there are many streets in Cameron Station not on city emergency response maps."
I have investigated this concern and to our knowledge, AFD emergency response maps are current for Cameron Station. Do you have an example of an incident where a street was not on an emergency response map? If so, please let me know and we'll follow-up immediately.

Thanks again for your concern and please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

Best regards,

Adam K. Thiel
Fire Chief
Alexandria Fire Department
900 Second Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Fax: xxx-xxx-xxxx
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