Schumer hails new oil train stan­dards

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

U.S. Se­na­tor Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is laud­ing the U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion for tak­ing what he called “the first ma­jor step to­ward re­quir­ing oil com­pa­nies to sta­bi­lize their highly flammable crude oil be­fore ship­ping it by rail.”

Schumer said the depart­ment has sig­naled the start of reg­u­la­tions that in­clude set­ting a va­por pres­sure stan­dard and how best to test haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als for ship­ment. “Ul­ti­mately, this is the first step in a reg­u­la­tory process to es­tab­lish sci­en­tif­i­cally sup­ported fed­eral stan­dards re­gard­ing the safety of crude oil prior to ship­ment and will ul­ti­mately lead to greater over­all safety as oil is shipped through New York,” Schumer said.

Schumer has pushed for re­quire­ments to sta­bi­lize crude oil be­fore it’s shipped, im­prove the con­struc­tion of tanker cars, im­pose op­er­at­ing re­stric­tions and re­quire car­ri­ers to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion to first re­spon­ders.

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