Superior Council wants BNSF to resume paying residents for dust removal

The BNSF railyard/Allouez Taconite Facility in Superior The BNSF railyard/Allouez Taconite Facility in Superior |  Photo: Ben Harper/WDIO

Updated: October 20, 2020 09:42 PM

Superior city councilors voted unanimously Tuesday night to ask the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to resume payments to some city residents. 

The rail company had been paying people for taconite dust removal on homes that were covered as a result of BNSF's work at the Superior railyard near the Allouez neighborhood.

Councilor Keith Kern said he was in the area for business and was "floored" by the amount of residue on houses. 

Councilor Jenny Van Sickle said she has been communicating with BNSF and is optimistic they will come to a solution that is fair to residents. 

She read a letter from a woman who said she is 80 years old and cannot do the dust removal work herself. 

BNSF told Wisconsin Public Radio earlier this month that the company had "scaled back" payments. A spokesperson told WPR they were reviewing their process to make sure they were working with property owners who were truly impacted.

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