Archive for October, 2017

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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