Companies Fined For Failure To Remove Ties

Two companies, Pan Am Railways and  Boston and Maine Corporation, are being fined for failing to remove  stacks of railroad ties in Western Massachusetts.  

The Massachusetts  Department of Environmental Protection said yesterday that the companies  will be fined 90-thousand dollars for not removing the ties in  Greenfield, Hatfield and Buckland.  

Officials say it's a safety hazard  and that fires have occurred in piles of ties in Holyoke, Buckland,  Athol and Northfield since 2015. 

No word on what the fine money will be used for.

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