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PUBLIC & MEDIA ADVISORY: SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES SETTLEMENT BETWEEN UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD AND WICHITA/SEDGWICK COUNTY, KS, CONCERNING ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION ISSUES IN UP/SP MERGER
Surface Transportation Board (Board) Chairman Linda J. Morgan announced today that Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) and the City of Wichita, KS, and Sedgwick County, KS, (Wichita/Sedgwick) have reached an agreement on a final environmental mitigation plan for UP’s operations in the Wichita/Sedgwick area as a result of the UP/SP merger approved by the Board in 1996.
As part of its approval of the UP/SP merger, the Board had required its Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) to conduct a further, more focused study to arrive at a specific mitigation plan for Wichita, so as to assure that localized environmental issues unique to that community are effectively addressed. SEA issued a Preliminary Mitigation Plan in September 1997. In December 1997, the Board granted a joint request by UP and Wichita/Sedgwick to toll the mitigation study while they pursued a negotiated arrangement.
The negotiations were successful and the Board has granted the joint request of UP and Wichita/Sedgwick to approve their negotiated agreement and impose it as a condition to the Board’s approval of the UP/SP merger in lieu of other mitigation in the Wichita/Sedgwick area that could have been imposed under the mitigation study. The Board’s action resolves the pending environmental mitigation issues as to Wichita/Sedgwick and obviates the need for the Board to issue a Final Mitigation Plan with respect to Wichita/Sedgwick.
The Board’s decision was issued to the public on July 8, 1998, in
Union Pacific Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad Company, and Missouri Pacific Railroad Company -Control and Merger - Southern Pacific Rail Corporation, Southern Pacific Transportation Company, St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company, SPCSL Corp., and The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company
, Finance Docket No. 32760 (Decision No. 80).