On anniversary of Lynchburg derailment, Warner, Kaine back fee for oil trains

May 1, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch |  A year after a train carrying millions of gallons of crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine co-sponsored legislation today that would apply a fee to every old-model rail car transporting highly volatile crude from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota.

The proposed annual fee of $175 per rail car would raise money that would be used to pay the clean-up costs of rail accidents involving Class 3 flammable liquids, provide training grants for local emergency responders, relocate rail tracks for shipments of large volumes of flammable liquids, hire additional railroad inspectors, and give tax credits to companies that upgrade older model tanker cars to new safety standards.

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