Railroad hub raises concerns about drinking water

By The Associated Press

MEMPHIS — University of Memphis researchers say a proposed truck-to-trail terminal in western Fayette County could pose a threat to the source of Memphis’ drinking water.

The Commercial Appeal reported the Ground Water Institute at the university called for an extensive study of the potential impacts of Norfolk Southern’s $112 million Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility.

Brian Waldron, associate director of the institute, said that the proposed site lies in the “recharge” zone where rain water and surface runoff seep directly into the Memphis Sand aquifer.

He said potential chemical spills pose the greatest danger to the aquifer.