Plans to store idle rail cars in Adirondacks draw fire

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state agency is looking into the potential environmental impact of thousands of old railroad tanker cars being hauled into the Adirondacks for storage on idle tracks.

Iowa Pacific Holdings is providing rail-car storage services to generate profits after plans to generate freight-hauling business fizzled. The company's Saratoga North Creek tourist train has also struggled financially.

Environmental groups and many local leaders oppose turning tracks near the High Peaks Wilderness into a long-term parking lot.

A Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman said the agency is "evaluating all legal and regulatory options to ensure the environment and public are protected."

Iowa Pacific CEO Ed Ellis said the cars have been cleaned and aren't hazardous. The company says it expects to earn "seven figures" storing tankers.

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