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Jaime Herrera Beutler Introduces Legislation to Reinstate Federal Oil Train Safety Standard

Bill reinstates federal requirement that trains carrying oil, flammable liquids must update braking system

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Washington, D.C., October 22, 2018 | comments
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler announced today that she has introduced legislation to reinstate stronger U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) safety regulation for oil trains.
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U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler announced today that she has introduced legislation to reinstate stronger U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) safety regulation for oil trains.

Jaime’s bill, the Oil and Flammable Material Rail Transportation Safety Act, would reinstate USDOT’s 2015 safety requirement, which it had revoked last month. The 2015 regulation mandated trains carrying oil or other flammable liquids at speeds greater than 30 miles per hour update their current air-controlled brakes with electronically-controlled brakes. The current air-braking system oil trains use today has been around for a century, calling into question whether the brakes are reliable enough to safely transport hazardous materials across the country.

Jaime opposed USDOT’s decision to roll back the 2015 safety requirement last month, and pledged to take legislative action.

For the sake of our Columbia River Gorge communities and our environment, we need stronger safety measures when it comes to transporting hazardous materials by rail. The U.S. Department of Transportation made the wrong call to roll back a crucial braking-upgrade requirement for oil trains, so I’m taking legislative action to correct this mistake and protect the best interests of Southwest Washington,” Jaime said.

 

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