STB’s Section of Environmental Analysis Issues Final Environmental Assessment

WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board announced that its Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project (Project), an approximately 11.5-mile long railroad route that would be acquired and constructed in Grant County, Wash.

The Project would provide rail service to an area designated for industrial development and attract to this area new businesses that would use rail transportation. The issuance of the Final EA completes the environmental review undertaken by SEA and WSDOT.

The Final EA responds to comments received on the SEA’s Preliminary Environmental Assessment issued on Nov. 7, 2008, and sets forth recommended mitigation measures to minimize or avoid potential adverse environmental impacts, should the Board approve the acquisition and construction proposal.

Upon reviewing and considering the Final EA, and the transportation-related and environmental record developed in this case, the Board will then issue a final decision approving, approving with conditions or denying the request for acquisition and construction authority.