This website chronicles the City of Alexandria's actions regarding the Norfolk Southern Corporation's Ethanol Transloading Facility, which began operation in April 2008. The facility is located at the former Norfolk Southern intermodal terminal in the City's West End.
Ethanol is essentially grain alcohol that has been produced from crops such as corn, wheat, and barley. Because it is domestically produced, it reduces our dependence on foreign fuel sources. Naturally high-octane ethanol contains more oxygen, so it burns cleaner than gasoline and reduces carbon monoxide emissions. Most gasoline-powered vehicles can run on a blend consisting of gasoline and up to 10% ethanol. More about ethanol >>
- Norfolk Southern's Response to the Mayor's Letter of March 19
- Virginia Rail Road Safety and Security Task Force Draft Report Has Been Issued and the Public is Invited to Comment Until April 19
The City has learned that the draft report of the Virginia
Rail Road Safety and Security Task Force created by the Governor last May has
been issued. The public has until April 19 to comment on this draft report
using a comment form. The draft report and the comment form can be found at the
The City intends to review and send comments regarding this
draft report in due course. This draft report is to be finalized by this Task
Force by April 30.
- Letter to Mr. Charles W. Moorman, Norfolk Southern Corporation - April 7, 2015
- Mayor William
Euille’s Letter to US DOT Secretary regarding rail transportation of hazardous/
flammable products and ethanol transloading facility
- Mayor William
Euille’s Letter to Norfolk Southern (NS) CEO regarding NS expansion Plan for
its transloading facility in Alexandria
- City News Release: City of Alexandria Continues Opposition to Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Operations (March 19, 2015)
- Norfolk Southern Letter to Mayor Regarding Plans to Increase Operations (Received March 19, 2015; Dated March 20, 2015)
- Mayor’s Letter of September 30, 2014, Commenting on
the PHMSA Proposed Rulemaking “Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards
and Operational controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains”
- Norfolk Southern Holds Community Open House on June 17, 2014
The Norfolk Southern Corporation held a community open house on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. This meeting was first requested by Mayor Euille, in response to community concerns regarding the ethanol transloading facility located in Alexandria. The meeting will be an opportunity for residents to learn about the facility and possible future plans. Staff from Norfolk Southern, the City, and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will be available to answer questions and address community concerns.
- Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Facility Update
Norfolk Southern (NS) is continuing to pursue exemption from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) air permitting requirements for the proposed expansion of the ethanol transloading facility located in Alexandria. In a recent letter to VDEQ, NS requested formal confirmation of this exemption, and follow-up within 14 days, should VDEQ determine the transloading facility is not exempt. NS also responded to a letter outlining the City’s concerns sent by Mayor William D. Euille in January. In summary, the letter states that 1) NS agrees with the City’s request for a vegetative buffer on areas of its property near the Cameron Station community, and is willing to discuss financial support for the tree plantings; 2) if the City holds a meeting with the community, NS will participate; and 3) with planned expansion of the transloading facility, there may be further facility improvements, such as the addition of tracks, which could potentially reduce nighttime rail activity.
- Mayor's Letter to Norfolk Southern Chairman & CEO Regarding Noise Issues - January 9, 2014
- Norfolk Southern Requests VDEQ Exemption at the Ethanol Transloading Facility
- August 20, 2013 Meeting with Norfolk Southern Representatives and Tour of Ethanol Transloading Facility
- Norfolk Southern Seeks Permit to Increase Rail Cars at Ethanol Transloading Facility
- September 2012 Ethanol Spill
- Community Notice: Norfolk Southern Begins Used Oil Transfer Operations