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6/3/2002



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Coal-dust controlling committee proposes permanent Canadian train-spraying station


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Action Committee on Coal Dust, which counts Canadian National Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific Railway as members, May 30 announced plans to develop a permanent, fully automated station to re-spray coal trains with dust suppressant along a southeast British Columbia-to-Vancouver coal route.
Although a site hasn’t been selected, the committee expects to select a design this summer, then begin construction and complete the facility by year end.
The committee in 2001 built a temporary re-spray station near Tappen, B.C., which proved to be highly effective at reducing dust. (The temporary station would continue operating until the permanent facility is up and running.)
The permanent station would have its own water supply and operate 24/7, enabling crews to spray trains even in sub-freezing conditions.
The coal industry several years ago formed Action Committee on Coal Dust to coordinate industry-wide dust-control efforts.


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