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Fri July 21, 2006
Mayo Clinic Cites DM&E Railroad's Safety Record
Washington, D.C. – The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is questioning the safety record of the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad in
trying to stop the company's coal expansion plan into Wyoming.
Mayo says the D-M-and-E has the least safe record of any railroad in the country, and that the expansion project would jeopardize patient safety at its clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Mayo says it's sent a report to the Federal Railroad Administration cataloging what it called D-M-and-E's poor safety
The agency is considering a two-and-a-half-(B)-billion-dollar government loan application that D-M-and-E needs to move forward on the expansion.
D-M-and-E's president says the loan and expansion plan would improve safety by upgrading the tracks.