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Washington State Seeks to Fine BNSF $700K for Hazardous Waste Spills

Washington State Seeks to Fine BNSF $700K for Hazardous Waste Spills

State regulators Thursday recommended fining Burlington Northern Santa Fe up to $700,000 for 14 hazardous materials spills in recent months, including two in Everett.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission will grant the railroad a hearing to present its side of the case before determining the fine amount.

No hearing date has been set, UTC spokeswoman Amanda Maxwell said. Commissioners will weigh factors such as the potential danger any violations posed, as well as BNSF's cooperation and the company's track record.

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