Environment & Energy Report

Railroads to Give Flammable Train Info to First Responders (2)

Feb. 27, 2019, 3:43 PMUpdated: Feb. 27, 2019, 7:27 PM

CSX Corp., Union Pacific Corp., and other railroads will be required to share information about trains carrying flammable material with state and tribal first responders in order to improve their preparedness for oil spills.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule Feb. 27 that adds new requirements for oil spill response plans and railroads with trains that have multiple tank cars carrying flammable liquids.

The rule—which also updates some other requirements—comes in response to a 2015 Congressional mandate and as domestic energy production expands, which has created “significant challenges for the country’s...

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