Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Bills Introduced – 01-29-19

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session there were 58 bills introduced. One of these will receive additional mention in this blog:

HR 851 To reinstate requirements pertaining to electronically controlled pneumatic brake systems on high-hazard flammable unit trains, and for other purposes. Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3]

Interestingly, ECP brakes were required on HHFT by an act of Congress and then Congress required DOT to conduct a detailed cost benefit analysis of the requirement in subsequent legislation. The results of that analysis resulted (as directed by Congress) in the elimination of the ECP brake requirement. Herrera-Beutler represents a district that is strongly opposed to the transit of crude-oil trains through their communities.

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