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IL SR 0982 Hazardous Material Near School – Urges 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 and transport of hazardous substances, including petroleum oil and HHFTs, to the parents of attending students, faculty and staff, and schools at risk of being negatively impacted by storage facilities and/or the transport of such hazardous materials. Further urges local emergency response planning officials to include school districts in their region in the development and implementation of oil spill response plans specific to incidents involving the storage and transport of hazardous materials, including petroleum oil and HHFTs.

US HR 5553:  Crude By Rail Volatility Standards Act – To prohibit transportation by rail of crude oil with a Ried vapor pressure of more than 9.5 pounds per square inch, and for other purposes.

Safe Freight Act of 2019IL Congressman Brad Schneider speaks about this legislation.

US HR 1748:  Safe Freight Act of 2019 – This bill prohibits the operation of a freight train or light locomotive engine used in the movement of freight unless it has a crew of at least two individuals, one of whom is certified by the Federal Railroad Administration as a locomotive operator and the other as a train conductor.

US S 1979:  Safe Freight Act of 2019 – This bill the operation of a freight train or light locomotive engine used in the movement of freight unless it has a crew of at least two individuals, one of whom is certified by the Federal Railroad Administration as a locomotive operator and the other as a train conductor.

IL SB 24:  Minimum Freight Train Operating Crew Size – Provides that the minimum freight train crew size shall remain in effect until a federal law or rule encompassing the subject matter has been adopted. Grants the Illinois Commerce Commission the power to conduct evidentiary hearings, make findings, and issue and enforce orders, including sanctions, with respect to freight train crew member size. Provides that “train or light engine” does not include trains operated by a hostler service or utility employees.