Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka The federal agency overseeing the safe transport of hazardous materials released a stunning explanation of its May 11 decision striking down a Washington state effort to regulate trains carrying volatile oil within its borders. A state cannot use “safety as a pretext for inhibiting market growth,” wrote Paul… Read More Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin

FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

View article in its entirety at Railway Age. — Author: William C. Vantuono In response to a Petition from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a 60-day emergency waiver for certain requirements of FRA’s… Read More FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

Hazardous Materials Near Schools

— Post By:  Shelly Burke Below is a link to an online presentation of Hazardous Materials Near Schools (March 24, 2020).  The presentation was organized by NWSOFA and endorsed by Railroad Workers United (RWU). Local activist, Gerri Songer, and RWU members Mark Burrows and Shelly Burke discuss the hazards associated with transporting and storing hazardous… Read More Hazardous Materials Near Schools

Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka ExxonMobil is a company capable of contradictions. It has been lobbying against government efforts to address climate change while running ads touting its own efforts to do so. And while the oil giant has been responsible for massive methane releases, Exxon has now proposed a new regulatory… Read More Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

ADOPTED: SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School

Thank you to all who helped with witness slips – SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School was adopted by the Senate on February 26, 2020. Following the testimony of Gerri Songer, an educator for Township High School District 214, SR 982 received a unanimous vote in favor of moving the legislation to the Senate floor.  The Resolution… Read More ADOPTED: SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School

ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)

Witness Slips are needed prior to Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for SR0982 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL NEAR SCHOOL – this is very quick and easy to do. SR0982 is an Illinois state resolution urging local emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in their region in order to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)