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Washington Governor Inslee Rejects Major Oil-by-Rail Project

Washington Governor Inslee Rejects Major Oil-by-Rail Project

January 30, 2018 | DESMOG | On January 29, Washington Governor Jay Inslee rejected a permit required for Tesoro-Savage to build the Vancouver Energy oil-by-rail facility, the largest such project in the nation, at the Port of Vancouver, along the Washington-Oregon border. [Read the entire article here.]  

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La Crosse lawmakers re-introduce rail safety bill

La Crosse lawmakers re-introduce rail safety bill

January 29, 2018 | La Crosse Tribune | Rep. Jill Billings and Sen. Jennifer Shilling, both Democrats, have authored companion versions of the Wisconsin Rail Safety Act, which would require railroads to provide more information to the state while also increasing funding for government inspectors and emergency responders. [Read the entire article here.]

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All 3 MMA rail workers acquitted in Lac-Mégantic disaster trial

All 3 MMA rail workers acquitted in Lac-Mégantic disaster trial

January 19, 2018 | CBC News | After nine days of deliberations, jurors have acquitted the three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railway employees charged with criminal negligence causing death in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom and family members of one of the accused cried when the verdict […]

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‘Positive Train Control’ ordered by Congress, but not yet in place

‘Positive Train Control’ ordered by Congress, but not yet in place

December 19, 2017 | NBC News | A computer-based system designed to prevent train accidents has been stalled by high costs and technological hurdles. It was not being used by the train that derailed Monday in Washington state, killing at least three people. Federal investigators confirmed late Monday that the Amtrak train was going 80 […]

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USDOT Announces Intent to Repeal Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Mandate

December 6, 2017 | PHMSA | WASHINGTON – In accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Public Law 114-94), the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the final updated Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) in regard to Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes on certain trains.  After careful review in accordance with the Congressional mandate […]

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Ethanol has replaced oil trains as hidden safety risk in N.J.

Ethanol has replaced oil trains as hidden safety risk in N.J.

October 13, 2017 | NorthJersey.com | The volume of crude oil shipped by rail may have declined in recent months, but communities in New Jersey and other states face another hazard: ethanol. The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, […]

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The Railroad Put This Montana Town On The Map. But It Left Behind A Toxic Legacy.

The Railroad Put This Montana Town On The Map. But It Left Behind A Toxic Legacy.

October 16, 2017 | Huffington Post | LIVINGSTON, Mont. — For 25 years, Bill Phillips toiled as a machinist in the rail yard here — a fancy title, he jokes, for someone whose job was to play in the muck. Now 77 and suffering from asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos […]

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Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes

Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes

October 11, 2017 | AP News | WASHINGTON (AP) — A prestigious scientific organization on Wednesday called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes. A report by the National Academies of Sciences also urged better training for emergency workers and questioned the validity […]

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Less oil on the rails, but fears persist as old tank cars remain

Less oil on the rails, but fears persist as old tank cars remain

September 30, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune | The deluge of oil trains rolling through La Crosse three years ago has slowed to a trickle as the bulk of North Dakota’s oil production now moves through pipelines, helping the rail industry comply with new federal safety regulations. That has assuaged some concerns, though rail safety […]

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Federal Railroad Administration Nominee Plans to Push Rail Industry to Self-Regulate

Federal Railroad Administration Nominee Plans to Push Rail Industry to Self-Regulate

September 27, 2017 | DeSmog Blog| Ronald Batory — President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) — will be pushing for the controversial self-regulatory approach to safety known as “performance-based regulations,” according to his July 26 statement for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Shifting toward this self-regulatory approach could […]

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