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Norfolk Southern could face fines after train derailment in Roanoke late last year

Tons of coal ended up in the river because of the derailment

Norfolk Southern could be fined for environmental chargers after train derailment in the Roanoke River last year.

ROANOKE, Va – Norfolk Southern could be facing environmental violations after a train derailment spilled coal into the Roanoke River late last year.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a notice to Norfolk Southern after tons of coal sat in the river potentially causing environmental impacts to the area.

Norfolk Southern is collecting daily samples from the river and the first sample results are expected Tuesday. (Roanoke County Fire & EMS)

According to the document, coal was visible in the river at least six miles away from the derailment.

DEQ issuing the notice could mean that Norfolk Southern could be facing fines down the road.

About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.