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Posted on: March 15, 2021

CSX Community Update

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Updated April 2: 

The City of Fredericksburg again met with CSX representatives and Mayfield Civic Association representatives on March 19, 2021.  The City asked that CSX offer a written update to the community monthly moving forward, and the April 2021 version of their update is here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19164/CSX-Mayfield-Community-Update-1-April-2021-PDF

The City of Fredericksburg appreciates the increased communication and the willingness of CSX to meet on site, but we continue to object strongly to the stacking of hazardous materials in our community. Fredericksburg’s Fire Department continues to monitor daily activity and is reporting weekly to City Management on hazardous tanker car counts on site.  Additionally, the City has access to video footage of the train yard as an additional means to review activity on the rails adjacent to Mayfield.  

Counts by weekly total for propane (LPG) in the rail yard are as follows:

  • 2/26/21      23
  • 3/5/21        30
  • 3/11/21      42
  • 3/19/21      85
  • 3/26/21      60
  • 4/1/21        20

The City of Fredericksburg remains steadfast in its opposition to storage (even if less than 48 hours) of this hazardous material in the our community.  This report will be shared with our federal delegation next week in a written update.  We will pursue federal intervention that leads to alternative storage of hazardous materials further away from residential areas.

We have also been working to update our emergency evacuation plans with CSX, and that document will soon be shared with the public.  Please find more information about this important topic at https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1763/CSX-Rail-Cars-in-Mayfield  or by calling 540-372-1010.


Updated March 15: The City of Fredericksburg continues to pursue issues related to the CSX railyard adjacent to the Mayfield subdivision.  City Council, by Resolution on February 23, 2021, demanded CSX immediately discontinue the prolonged storage of hazardous tanker cars in the city.  In an effort to ensure transparent communications on the activities that the City and others are undertaking we have published a timeline of efforts. Read more

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