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CSX to address concerns about garbage trains in New York town, Sen. Schumer says


CSX Corp. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward has assured U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that the railroad will do everything possible to prevent garbage-filled trains from idling at all hours of the night in a heavily populated residential area in Depew, N.Y., the senator announced yesterday.

Ward also indicated that CSX would encourage the companies moving garbage on its lines to use deodorizers to limit the unpleasant smell, Schumer said in a press release.

Two weeks ago, the senator sent a letter to Ward urging the railroad to find an alternate, non-residential location for the idling trains. Many Depew residents have complained that the garbage trains — which are uncovered — idle all night near their homes and emit an unpleasant odor, said Schumer.

"These smelly and noisy garbage trains should never have been idling in Depew, disturbing residents and negatively impacting their quality of life, and to his credit, Michael Ward recognizes that and has pledged to take positive action," he said. "Mr. Ward has committed to move these trains away from residential neighborhoods."

Ward also pledged that trains carrying hazardous materials wouldn't idle in Depew, said Schumer.

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