Schumer hails new oil train standards
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.