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Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

May 12, 2016 | Railway Age | In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Only 225 Of Over 100,000 Unsafe Tank Cars Were Retrofitted in First Year

Only 225 Of Over 100,000 Unsafe Tank Cars Were Retrofitted in First Year

May 9, 2016 | DESMOG | A year ago, when Federal regulators announced new rules for “high hazard” trains moving crude oil and ethanol, the oil industry protested that the rules were too strict. The main point of contention made by the American Petroleum Institute (API) was that the requirement to retrofit the unsafe DOT-111 […]

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Coal train derails in Eastern Kanawha County

Coal train derails in Eastern Kanawha County

May 5, 2016 | Charleston Gazette-Mail | A train hauling coal overturned in the eastern part of Kanawha County Thursday evening, blocking the road for about two hours. The derailment happened just after 5 p.m. near the intersection of Cabin Creek Road and Ronda Road. The train, which has 150 cars and is 8,000 feet […]

WPR Segment on Rail Safety

WPR Segment on Rail Safety

May 5, 2016 | WPR | The state of Wisconsin lags behind neighboring states when it comes to freight train safety according to La Crosse’s fire chief and a member of a citizens group that advocates for more safety measures. Rail safety has been a concern for many in recent years as an increase in […]

Sodium hydroxide, Calcium Chloride and Ethanol leak from derailment in Washington D.C.

May 1, 2016 | ABC News |Mayor Muriel Bowser said no trains will be running on the tracks Monday and CSX couldn’t say how long the cleanup might take. “We understand that this a significant inconvenience to commuters and to this community so we’re working as quickly as we possibly can with safety as the […]

CSX train derails in Northeast D.C., possible hazardous leak

CSX train derails in Northeast D.C., possible hazardous leak

May 1, 2016 | WTOP | “CSX operations and hazardous materials personnel are working with first responders on the derailment this morning in Washington D.C.,” CSX said in a statement released about 8:45 a.m.  “The safety of the community, first responders and CSX’s employees is our highest priority.”  The company said one derailed car is leaking sodium […]

Bomb Trains – The Scariest Threat You Didn’t Know About

Bomb Trains – The Scariest Threat You Didn’t Know About

April 28, 2016 | Chicago Magazine | They could not look more ominous. The long coal-black tubes announce themselves by their distinctive shape and color, their markings too small to read from the street. The 30,000-gallon tank cars roll, sometimes 100 at a time, in trains of up to one mile in length. Their cargo? […]

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Adequate insurance urged for potentially volatile oil trains

April 28, 2016 | Business Insurance | New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx calling on the federal government to require railroads that transport oil to carry adequate insurance to cover cleanup costs and other liabilities associated with major rail accidents. [Read the entire article […]

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No injuries, no spill in Jersey City freight train derailment

No injuries, no spill in Jersey City freight train derailment

April 23, 2016 | pix11 | JERSEY CITY, N.J. —  Authorities say no one was injured and nothing was spilled when freight train cars derailed in Jersey City Saturday morning. The derailment happened at 10:30 a.m., at the Newark Avenue crossing. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman, Joseph Pentangelo, says Saturday […]

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Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

April 22, 2016 | WPR | Thanks to a law that took effect earlier this year, a number of Wisconsin officials have been requesting and receiving bridge inspection reports from railroads. However, those officials say that the documents they’re receiving are coming up short with specifics. The Federal Railroad Administration has received 42 requests for rail […]

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