The BNSF Railway Company faces $700,000 in penalties for failing to file timely reports of hazardous materials spills along state railways, including a Nov. 17, 2014 incident in Pasco involving an 18-inch streak of diesel fuel on a tank car in a grain yard.
Railroads are required to make a phone report to the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission within 30 minutes of learning of an incident. Failing to do so can result in a $1,000 penalty per violation per day.
Commissioners will set the penalties after holding a hearing, according to a news release.
The alleged violations date from Nov. 5 to Feb. 12 and include crude oil spills, leaking tank cars containing gas and sludge, and a locomotive fire that released 100 gallons of lube oil onto rail tracks.