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Members of City Council, City Staff, and CSX representatives continue to meet, engage, and work together in order to educate, inform, and provide solutions where possible to address neighboring community issues and needs. The impacts of having a rail provider as a neighbor impacts all City residents. The City is committed to continued engagement with CSX on impacts and issues as work to address concerns, focus on safety, and improve the relationship between businesses and the communities they impact in Fredericksburg.
The City asked that CSX offer a written update to the community monthly moving forward and the updates are available below.
The City appreciates the increased communication and the willingness of CSX to listen to concerns, 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:
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 was shared with our federal delegation in a written update. We will continue to pursue federal intervention that leads to alternative storage of hazardous materials further away from residential areas. 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.
The Fire Department worked to update their emergency evacuation plans with CSX, and provided two community engagement meetings in August and September 2021.
A copy of the presentation can be found at Community Evacuation Guide Presentation. Please contact the Fire Department with any questions at 540-372-1059.
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