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File #: 22-0088R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - CSX Coal Silo Explosion
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 2/7/2022 In control: Public Safety and Government Operations
On agenda: Final action:
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Title: Informational Hearing - CSX Coal Silo Explosion For the purpose of inviting representatives from the CSX Transportation, Inc., incorporated under the general law of the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Baltimore Fire Department, and the Office of Emergency Management to investigate the cause of the CSX Coal Silo explosion that occurred on December 30, 2021, in Curtis Bay, to address what is being done about air quality in the area, and how an incident of this type may be prevented in the future.
Sponsors: Phylicia Porter, John T. Bullock, Robert Stokes, Sr., James Torrence, Zeke Cohen, Odette Ramos, Antonio Glover, Kristerfer Burnett
Indexes: Coal, Explosive Material, Informational Hearing
Attachments: 1. 22-0088R~1st Reader, 2. FIRE 22-0088R, 3. Hearing Agenda - 22-0088R, 4. LAW 22-0088R, 5. CBCA 22-0088R, 6. Terriq Thompson - 22-0088R, 7. Brenda Blom - 22-0088R, 8. Chloe Ahmann - 22-0088R, 9. OEM 22-0088R, 10. CSX 6.14.2022 Letter of Information, 11. Meeting Minutes - 22-0088R, 12. Hearing Packet - 22-0088R - CSX Coal Silo Explosion, 13. Testimony for Informational Hearing on CSX Coal Pier Explosion on June 15, 2022, 14. PSGO - Hearing Notes - 22-0088R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Porter



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Informational Hearing - CSX Coal Silo Explosion
For the purpose of inviting representatives from the CSX Transportation, Inc., incorporated under the general law of the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Baltimore Fire Department, and the Office of Emergency Management to investigate the cause of the CSX Coal Silo explosion that occurred on December 30, 2021, in Curtis Bay, to address what is being done about air quality in the area, and how an incident of this type may be prevented in the future.
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On December 30, 2021, a loud explosion at the Curtis Bay Coal Piers operated by CSX Transportation, Inc. shook the homes in Curtis Bay. Luckily no person was immediately injured and damage was limited to the homes of Curtis Bay residents and commercial properties. What is not know is are the long-term health implications of the explosion. Debris, coal dust, smoke, and other materials were launched into the air that day. Exposure to the resulting poor air quality may have a lasting impact on Curtis Bay residents.

The CSX operated Curtis Bay Coal Piers is the second largest exporter of coal on the East Coast. The coal terminal supports coal and iron ore movements on and off the international and domestic waterway systems. There are inherent hazards in handling and transporting coal. The build up of highly combustible coal dust on ...

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