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New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

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KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its plan to deal with oil trains, the U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing speed limits for some trains, but they wouldn’t have to slow down in Whatcom County.

The Wichita Eagle in Kansas reports the plan to slow crude oil trains with older tank cars in urban areas would not apply to many areas concerned about derailments.

The proposed rule would require a 40- mph speed limit in cities with more than 100,000 people.

Bellingham’s population is 82,000.

A 60 day public comment period offers smaller cities a chance to voice their concerns.

There are some people who don’t think a 40 mph speed limit is enough, saying crude oil and ethanol trains have derailed at lower speeds.

The DOT would also like thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil to be phased out.

It says DOT-111 tank cars need to be retrofitted or replaced.

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