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New York to push Congress on response to oil train fires

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July 28, 2014 | The Modesto Bee | WASHINGTON — New York state fire officials are pressing Congress for $100 million in emergency funding to pay for a nationwide training program for firefighters to address the new scale of risk presented by trains carrying millions of gallons of flammable crude oil.

The proposal, which will be presented Tuesday at the National Association of State Fire Marshals conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., would also collect a penny per gallon of oil shipped by rail. The dedicated fund would be administered by the U.S. Fire Administration, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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