CSX agrees to pay $660,000 for coal spill in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- CSX Transportation Inc. has agreed to pay the District of Columbia more than $660,000 stemming from a train derailment that spilled coal into the Anacostia River last year.

The settlement announced Tuesday includes $550,000 to create an Anacostia River Endowment Fund and to support a natural resources restoration project. The freight railroad also will pay a $50,000 civil penalty and reimburse the city for about $60,000 in costs.

Mayor Adrian Fenty praised CSX for not letting the train derailment become an "environmental disaster." The railroad began a cleanup process immediately after the Nov. 9 derailment of six train cars. The cleanup continued through March.

D.C. Department of the Environment Director George Hawkins says the long-polluted river is now in better shape than it was before the spill.

The railroad is a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Fla.-based CSX Corp.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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