New Rule Proposed for Railroad Hazardous Material Transport

The transportation department would require railroads to update the status of hazardous materials in real-time.

The Department of Transportation proposed a new rule to require additional oversight over the transport of hazardous materials by rail. 

Railroads are not currently required to give real-time information about the status of their hazardous materials. This new proposal would require railroads to electronically update the status of the hazardous material shipments, and would also require them to immediately distribute the updated information to local first response units.

“When railroads transport hazardous materials, they must do so safely and responsibly,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Our proposal would improve rail safety and help protect communities across the country by requiring railroads to maintain detailed, real-time information about trains carrying hazardous materials.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Amit Bose as he oversees the Federal Railroad Administration.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg as he seeks to ensure the safety of Americans as trains haul toxic materials across the country.
  • For Transportation Department officials as they seek to reduce hazardous exposure due to derailments.

Sources: Department of Transportation

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