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Board sides with BNSF over coal dust

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Board sides with BNSF over coal dust

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Surface Transportation Board has ruled that it’s not unreasonable for the BNSF railway to require coal shippers to reduce coal dust.

BNSF requires coal producers to load coal in a bread-loaf shape container and spray it with a sealant before it leaves the mines.

Some coal producers in Wyoming and Montana had argued that BNSF Railway’s requirements for reducing coal dust were unreasonable.

The Federal Surface Transportation Board disagreed.

BNSF spokesperson Courtney Wallace says they are pleased with the decision.

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The glue-like sealant sprayed on the coal holds in at least 85 percent of the coal.