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Rochester Coalition and Mayo Clinic Challenge Railroad's Contention That Hazmat Rail Shipments Pose no Risk
Date:5/20/2008

th just $250 million in annual revenues, could spend up to approximately $48 million of that revenue on a single project that hasn't been approved," added Streeter. The DM&E and Canadian Pacific are successfully having it both ways -- advancing the PRB project by seizing farmers' lands, without having to be accountable for the project's impacts or to those who will be affected."

The STB currently is reviewing the Canadian Pacific's acquisition of the DM&E, which historically has had among the worst safety records in the railroad industry and presently operates on substandard tracks. If approved, the acquisition will cause a dramatic increase in traffic, including hazardous materials shipments on DM&E tracks, and may, according to the agreement between the railroads, result in sending more than 34 high-speed, coal-unit-trains through Rochester and within a few 100 yards of Mayo Clinic every day.

As a condition of the Canadian Pacific's acquisition, Mayo Clinic has requested the STB require specific mitigation for Rochester, including:
-- Consultation on how best to minimize project-related impacts to Mayo

Clinic, including limited transportation of hazardous materials

through Rochester.

-- Negotiate voluntary contractual limitations on the total number of

through-traffic trains moving through Rochester with Mayo Clinic and

the city of Rochester.

-- Regulatory/contractual speed limits on local hazardous materials

traffic.

-- Multiple grade separations for specific in-city road crossings.

These grade separated crossings should be designed and located to

facilitate the movement of emergency vehicles to and from medical

facilities providing emergency services in Rochester, including

Saint Marys Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital, which are

both Mayo Clinic hospitals.

-- Increased ins
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