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Environmental brief ~ Federal judge upholds DC hazmat rail ban

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has refused [order text, PDF] to block a Washington DC law [text, DOC] that bans the shipment of hazardous materials on railroads through the city. He also held yesterday that CSX Transportation [company website] and the federal government had not provided evidence that the railroad or rail security would suffer irreparable harm if the company were forced to route trains around DC. CSX has announced [CSX press release] it will appeal the decision. The DC Office of the Attorney General has background legal documents [documents, PDF] in the case. The Washington Post has more.

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