Wyden Statement on Proposed DOT Oil Train Rule

Wyden Renews Call for Improved Notification For First Responders

Washington, D.C. –Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the Department of Transportation’s proposed oil train safety rules:

“This package includes some good elements, but I urge DOT to strengthen notification of first responders for oil trains moving through their communities and move this proposal quickly to the next stage,” Wyden said. “The failure to broaden notification requirements is especially baffling since the DOT’s proposal would classify all oil and ethanol shipments as ‘high-hazard flammable trains,’ yet would only require railroads to provide advance notification to first responders when that oil originates in the Bakken.”

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