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Night noise curbs on Colombia's main coal train

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Colombia's main coal railway, Fenoco, has been told to stop running its trains at night through populated areas in the northern Cesar province so residents' sleep is not disturbed, according to a regional environmental authority.

Fenoco's shareholders are among the biggest coal exporters in Colombia, and the railway was hit this year by a five-week labour strike, which shut off more than half of shipments from the world's No 4 coal exporter.

The Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cesar, which oversees environmental issues and whose decisions are binding, said it ordered Fenoco to stop transport runs in areas where it passed less than 100 m from communities between the hours of 22:30 and 04:30.

Source: Reuters