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Ethanol Tanker Solution for Mayfield Announced

The agreement that Sen. Bryce Reeves helped with will eliminate the need for any storage or distribution point of the ethanol in Fredericksburg and mitigates risk concerns of the neighborhood's residents.

Sen. Bryce Reeves announced today that key players with CSX, Eco-Energy Holdings and NuStar Terminal Operations Partnership have forged an arrangement that would eliminate the need for any storage or distribution point of the ethanol in Fredericksburg near the Mayfield subdivision and that mitigates risk concerns.

Mayfield residents had originally asked for former Sen. Edd Houck to assist with getting the ethanol storage tankers away from their community, but he wasn't able to finish the task before Reeves beat him in the November 2011 election.

Reeves said he met with representatives from CSX and other key leadership to finalize some important initiatives. 

"I am pleased to tell the citizens of Mayfield that a long-term agreement between Eco-Energy Holdings, Inc. and NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership L.P. have partnered together to develop an ethanol unloading, storage and outbound truck loading solution at NuStar’s Dumfries, VA facility," Reeves said in a statement. "Based on this arrangement, NuStar is capable of receiving 96 rail car unit trains via CSX Transportation with a 24/36 hour turnaround time. This arrangement basically eliminates the need for any storage or distribution point of the ethanol in Fredericksburg and mitigates risk concerns. It also allows bio-fuel producers to get their product to market more quickly and more cost-effective."

Once residents learned of the potential danger of what was inside the tankers, they created a campaign to get CSX to move them away from Mayfield. Rev. Hashmel Turner, Willie Holmes and Janice and Rev. Lawrence Davies were among some of the Mayfield residents who kept pressure on elected leaders and CSX officials.

Reeves said that the Mayfield residents have legitimate concerns with the ethanol raol cars and how they were parked so close to the neighborhood that borders the rail tracks.

"With this new arrangement, some of the resources originally allocated will now be redirected to allow for the facilitation of this agreement to work out," he said.

Reeves said he will work with Thelma Drake, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation,

"Furthermore, as part of these negotiations, and CSX's willingness and desire to be good corporate neighbors to the Mayfield community and Fredericksburg, I am pleased to announce that measures are underway to create an aesthetic buffer device between the CSX rail yard and the Mayfield neighborhood," Reeves said. "In the next few weeks I will be meeting with City officials, CSX, and community leaders to determine the placement of the buffer and work out other details.

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George Graves August 08, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Dan: This is George Graves. We spoke when the HCOD issue was going on in Spotsy. I own property in the Bowman Center in which the tenant is often disrupted by the trains coming, going, and blocking the entrances to businesses. I couldn't tell from the article whether the tank farm was leaving Bowman Center. Sounds like it is, but then there is talk about buffering Mayfield from the tracks. Could you comment? Thanks George
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
George, I believe that's on the opposite side, isn't it? The rail car yard isn't going anywhere, it's just they won't need to store any ethanol in them
Unknown Sender August 08, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Been watching this one for a while. Truth be known, while stored tankers are a concern, they would be ok if the dregs FROM mayfiled werent over there tagging or doing other mischievious stuff to them. Sorry to say it but mayfield is run down, seedy looking and well known for its crime. In 'my' personal opinion mayfiled should go. As for bowman center across the street, are you telling us you rent/bought there and didnt notice the railroad tracks? you mean you didnt think since there were tracks there you might get held up by a train servicing another client/business in the center? Its pretty obvious you folks should consider the rest of the community before you take action. consider the nusiance your business or what mayfiled is, and how badly they affect us. Rev Mayor Davies is an execellent man. im sorry to see his name attached to such misgivings.
George Graves August 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
GRUMP!!
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Unknown Sender, your characterization of Mayfield isn't that accurate from my standpoint. It's improved quite a bit and you can check our own crime maps to see where the crime is happening....not Mayfield.
Unknown Sender August 09, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Mr. Graves: Your right. After working a shift and rereading the days commentaries I have to admit I did word that in a rather stern measure. So, if I was to say, I'd like to make the same statements just in a lesser tone... I would word it 'I think Mayfield has better and more important things to do/worry about than tank cars especially considering what rolls past them several times a day. Lightning strikin humans happens more often than tanker explosions.'
Unknown Sender August 09, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Mr. Telvock: Only simple way to put it is I already read the crime blotter and similar articles. I glance at the maps too. A nice, quick -end of the day- insight into the local news.

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