DENVER, N.C. — Denver residents are upset that a CSX train is running idled in their neighborhood for days at a time unattended.
Neighbors said they’re not only concerned about diesel fumes and the loud engine, but also children playing on the train.
"This one has been here since Monday, so it’s been here five nights. It runs day and night. You can smell the diesel fumes. It’s full of coals,” said resident Bob Bly.
The CSX train delivers coal to the Duke Energy Marshall Steam Station near Lake Norman.
The train was there Saturday afternoon when a Channel 9 crew went to investigate. Neighbors said the train got there Monday night.
"The noise we hear right now is nothing compared to the level that it will ramp up to. It goes through a cycle running the air breaks,” said Bly.
Bly has been in communication with Duke Energy and CSX.
“We contacted Duke. Their response was, ‘We just tell CSX when we want coal delivered, and it’s up to CSX,’” said Bly.
Duke sent Bly an email explaining coal trains are 100 cars and the average time to unload is 12 hours. It also explained trains sometimes have to wait in a staging area while the plant unloads other deliveries.
"They’re just delivering coal to the power plant, but you’d think they could figure out when they’re going to deliver it and be able to schedule that so it doesn’t have to sit here abandoned,” said Bly.
A spokesperson for Duke Energy told Channel 9 in a statement:
“During a routine safety inspection last week, our crews discovered the need for a repair along the train track on our plant property. It did not affect any other operations at the site, but out of an abundance of caution, we asked CSX to suspend the current rail delivery while repairs to the line are completed. Unfortunately, that train was already near the plant when the stop was issued. Crews have worked throughout the weekend on the repair, and we hope to have the line back in operation in the next few days. Again, there were no impacts to operations at the site except for the delivery of this current train. And my understanding is there are no impacts to traffic or intersections in the area of the plant or train. We do apologize for any inconvenience to local plant neighbors. We are committed to working with our train operators to ensure the continued safe operation of all trains that enter or exit our plant property, and hope to resume rail deliveries to the site as soon as possible.”
Channel 9 also reached out to CSX but haven’t heard back.
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