Norton Introduces Bill To Reroute Hazmats Away From Urban Areas To Counter Trump Administration Repeal Of Requirement For Braking Systems On Rail Cars Carrying Crude Oil

Norton Introduces Bill to Reroute Hazmats Away from Urban Areas to Counter Trump Administration Repeal of Requirement for Braking Systems on Rail Cars Carrying Crude Oil

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, this week introduced a bill to direct the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to find ways to the greatest extent possible to reroute trains that are carrying certain hazardous materials from selected high-threat urban areas, including the District of Columbia.  Norton said her legislation is particularly needed now after DOT’s recent announcement that it will rescind a requirement that rail tank cars carrying crude oil be outfitted with an advanced braking system designed to prevent derailments.  In 2016, 16 cars of a …

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