Friday, February 10, 2017

Bills Introduced – 02-09-17

With just the Senate in session (and actually in continuous session since Monday) and the House ‘meeting’ in proforma session yesterday there were 25 bills introduced. Of those one may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 988 To provide for a study by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies on the impact of diverting certain freight rail traffic to avoid urban areas, and for other purposes. Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]

It will be interesting to see if this bill is targeted against crude oil trains, toxic inhalation hazard chemicals or hazardous chemicals of any sort. Environmental and safety advocates have pushed for all three types of chemicals to be routed around urban areas. A comprehensive independent study of the issue would certainly be beneficial.

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