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California Report Urges More Rail Inspectors, Better Spill Response for Oil Shipped by Rail

Posted in on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

A report by a group brought together by the California Governor’s Office has found that the state is not prepared to protect adequately the public and the environment from the risks of increased oil shipments by train.  The report along with an interactive Rail Risk and Response Map can be found at http://www.caloes.ca.gov/HazardousMaterials/Pages/Oil-By-Rail.aspx.  The twelve major recommendations in the report include increase the number of California Public Utilities Commission rail inspectors, improve emergency preparedness and response programs, request improved identifiers on tank placards for first responders,  request railroads to provide real-time shipment info to emergency responders, and request railroads provide the state with broader accident and injury data.

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