1/25/14 EPA & Norton @ 2 PM on VAT Project

What’s Happening? Congresswoman Norton invites the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss the environmental impacts the EPA raised re: CSX’s proposed expansion of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel

Why this Meeting? The EPA raised a pretty significant list of concerns about the plans proposed for CSX’s proposed Virginia Avenue Tunnel expansion (see them via: http://dcsaferail.org/vat-project/resources/). In November 2013, Norton committed to ensuring the EPA was part of the conversation with DC residents. The Saturday, Jan. 25th meeting will focus on the environmental impacts and human health risks DC residents face (especially vulnerable populations like children and seniors). The discussion will cover issues from ground, water, and air contaminants (i.e. lead, asbestos) to hazardous material risks, including CSX’s transport of Bakken crude oil through the city. ***On January 16th, at a community meeting with Mayor Vincent Gray, a CSX executive confirmed that CSX transports Bakken crude oil through the District.***

Who Will Be There? Norton’s office will host the meeting with the DC Residents, EPA, DDOT, FHWA, and CSX

When? Saturday, Jan. 25th @ 2 pm

Where? 200 I St. SE (corner of I (eye) and 2nd Streets SE). Please give yourself some time to move through security and bring a photo ID please.

Please join the conversation and help to move it forward. For more background on the proposed VAT project, visit the VAT expansion project page.

Follow the conversation on Twitter: @DCSafeRail


Read about the meeting on Dr. Gridlock at the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2014/01/23/meeting-set-on-csx-plans-for-virginia-avenue-tunnel/