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(Source:, March 30, 2024)

BNSF Railway and CPKC, the two largest railroads in Minnesota, do not plan to make payments of approximately $1 million to the state required by a law passed last year, saying the state legislation is “pre-empted by federal law.” The fees were established by the final version of a bill introduced the day after a derailment and fire in Raymond, Minn. It requires the state to assess fees, based on route-miles in the state, to all railroads to pay for six rail safety inspector positions.

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