- Associated Press - Saturday, December 9, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal court judge has ruled against the Vermont town of Shelburne in its effort to restrict road-salt shipments and storage at a facility built last year by Vermont Railway.

The town of Shelburne had argued that the road-salt operations threaten sensitive LaPlatte River wetlands adjacent to the property.

U.S. District Judge William Sessions ruled Thursday that the ordinance on hazard materials storage unfairly targets the railroad.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Sessions wrote that stockpiling a critical winter commodity “outweighs the Town’s inconclusive and overstated public health and safety concerns.”

Vermont Railway built facility to replace aging sheds near the Burlington rail yards.

The town manager says Shelburne has spent about $400,000 in legal fees challenging the railroad.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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