As part of a wildlife protection initiative, Canadian Pacific Railway plans to fine grain handling companies who spill grain on the end sills of rail hopper cars during loading.
The railway announced Friday that starting July 7, customers who identify and clean up spilled grain on the end sills of cars will benefit from an “incentive-based” tariff, while those who don’t clean up get “punitive charges.”
Mindful of spilled grain attracting wildlife along CPR’s track network, CPR announced it would take “further steps” to clean the exterior end sills of 3,000 grain hopper cars, increasing the use of its grain vacuum trucks.
More than 2,000 cars have been cleaned to date, CPR said, with the remainder of the
cleaning planned in Calgary, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw between now and September. CPR said it will spend $125,000 to complete the work.
CPR CEO Fred Green said the new program shows the company’s respect for the needs of communities, including the national parks through which CPR trains travel.
The cleaning program will include a
communications plan, endorsed by Parks Canada, aimed at educating customers
about the benefits to the environment and wildlife protection, the company said.
Viterra, the grain company responsible for up to 45 per cent of Canada’s grain shipments, said in CPR’s release that it supports CPR’s car-cleaning initiative.
“This is a meaningful action that will help protect these magnificent
animals and Banff National Park for future generations,” said Ron Hallman,
executive director of mountain parks for Parks Canada, also in CPR’s release. “Parks Canada welcomes
Canadian Pacific’s initiative in working to reduce the presence of animal
attractants such as grain along their tracks.”