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SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont town have voted to appeal a federal court judge’s decision concerning road-salt shipments and storage at a Vermont Railway facility.

The Burlington Free Press reports the Shelburne Selectboard voted earlier this week to appeal U.S. District Judge William Sessions’ ruling after receiving a $20,000 donation from the nonprofit Vermont Natural Resources Council. The case has cost the town over $450,000.

Council Executive Director Brian Shupe says the advocacy group will support the town’s appeal as a “fiscal agent.”

Shelburne officials had argued that the road-salt operations threaten sensitive LaPlatte River wetlands adjacent to the property. Sessions ruled the town had unfairly targeted the railroad, writing that stockpiling a critical winter commodity “outweighs the town’s inconclusive and overstated public health and safety concerns.”


Information from: The Burlington Free Press,