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Australia : Cardno experts present on railroad environmental risks and proactive solutions.

Four Cardno team members will share their expertise at the 2015 Railroad Environmental Conference, one of largest gatherings of the railroad environmental community in the United States.On October 27, Senior Consultants Jody Kubitz and Brian Reilly will present Natural Resource Damages Claims: A Primer on This Potential Liability for the Railroad Industry. The trends of increasing transport of crude oil by rail and decreased risk tolerance by influential critics of fossil fuel are elevating the potential for natural resource Trustees to file a natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) case in response to an oil train accident.

This presentation will cover the following key points:the elements and process of NRDA cases under existing statutory authorities; how a NRDA case differs from private third party damages cases and remediation requirements;the set of circumstances under which a NRDA case is most likely to occur in the railroad industry;the probability that the scenario could occur and the potential severity of the NRDA liability that Trustees could assess; and three indicators that a NRDA case is pending, and the common methods used by NRDA defendants to minimize the total cost of settlement.

On October 28, Environmental Compliance Manager Mark Neal and Senior Project Manager James Barry will present Proactive Measures Taken to Prepare Facilities for Regulatory Inspections. Rail facilities falling under Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations may be inspected at any time by federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. The pair will discuss the proactive measures used to prepare facility personnel to handle and navigate a CWA-related regulatory site inspection.

Topics will include the site inspection process, coordination between various stakeholders at the facility (railroad departments, contractors operating at the site, consultants), identification of common compliance issues, and various methods used to ensure readiness for the inspection. The case study will focus on the successful proactive measures an active rail yard in Virginia put in place to navigate through the regulatory inspection to produce a favorable outcome.

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