Yesterday there were 69 bills introduced in the House and Senate. Of those only two may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:
HR 1804 To protect the public, communities across America, and the environment by increasing the safety of crude oil transportation by railroad, and for other purposes. Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]
S 961 A bill to protect information relating to consumers, to require notice of security breaches, and for other purposes. Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]
We see a continuing interest in crude oil train regulations by some members of Congress; HR 1804 being just the latest. I don’t think that we will see any real movement on this issue until bills start being drafted by Repubicans. As always, a serious derailment in an urban area or one that otherwise results is significant loss of life or really gross destruction will completely change the legislative picture.
S 961 appears to be just a breach notification bill. If there are no specific mentions of industrial control system related issues, this will be the last time that this bill is mentioned.