Ask Joe: Railroad to clean up construction mess along river

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Updated: 7/01 6:32 pm
Question:

From the Ask Joe file, News 4 is following up on Monday's question about the railroad dumping old railroad ties down the hillside, very close to the Truckee River.

Casey Conley wrote in after he noticed the old railroad ties dotting the hillside where the railroad is doing some work on the tracks. He wants to know why this practice is allowed?

Answer:

After Monday's Ask Joe segment, the railroad and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection sent people to inspect the site. NDEP's Jo Ann Kittrell told Joe they spotted 30 railroad ties on that hillside. She said they did not find any in the water, but that does not mean they couldn't end up in the water, at some point.

Kittrell said her agency will work with the Union Pacific Railroad to get the ties picked up. Union Pacific's Aaron Hunt confirmed they will send a crew out to clean up those ties.

So dumping the ties on the hillside is not considered an acceptable practice, and the issue is now being addressed.
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DaveHargrove - 7/1/2014 9:06 PM
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Thanks, Joe. Keeping the river clean is a priority and those creosote-soaked railroad ties wouldn't be helpful and would probably cause blockages sooner than later.
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