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Documents: Railroads want to skip some proposed safeguards for oil trains

(Source: Politico, June 13, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The railroad industry is warning the White House against some potential safety rules for trains carrying explosive crude oil, saying freight and passenger rail traffic could be disrupted for years if companies must obey 30 mph speed limits, install more sophisticated brakes and keep the trains manned at all times. The arguments, contained in documents posted after a meeting this week between railroad officials and the Office of Management and Budget, also offer a preview of what steps the Obama administration may be considering in response to oil train crashes that have struck the U.S. and Canada in the past year.

Full story: Politico

Friday, June 13, 2014

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