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CN settles charges related to 2005 derailments in Alberta and British Columbia


Yesterday, CN announced it had reached settlements on all outstanding charges related to derailments that occurred at Wabamun, Alberta, on Aug. 3, 2005, and at Cheakamus, B.C., on Aug. 5, 2005.

Under the settlements’ terms, CN will pay $1.8 million, about $1.65 million of which will be directed to various environmental and emergency response programs in Alberta and British Columbia. Designated by the provincial and federal governments with CN’s input, the programs will support the prevention and remediation of future environmental incidents, both rail and non-rail related.

In addition, CN will continue to work with provincial and federal authorities to further enhance its emergency response plans. The Class I also will partner with the authorities in “environmental sensitivity mapping” of bodies of water along its rail lines in British Columbia and Alberta, according to a CN statement.

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