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 >>
- 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
Emergency plans, emergency preparedness guide, life and safety information, and other preparedness resources.
Information and documents chronicling legal actions taken by the City and Norfolk Southern regarding the ethanol transloading facility and its operations.
Documents, testimony, timelines, electronic and written correspondence, media coverage and other City materials related to the Norfolk Southern facility.
On June 16, 2008, Mayor William D. Euille and the Alexandria City Council released a statement concerning the City's actions regarding the Norfolk Southern ethanol transloading facility.