NRDC Research Document on Rail Safety Issues

Posted: January 11, 2014 in Rail Transport of Oil
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Casselton rail derailment and explosion 1-30-13

Casselton rail derailment and explosion 1-30-13

BEFORE THE
PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Hazardous Materials:
Rail Petitions and Recommendations To Improve the
Safety of Railroad Tank Car Transportation

PHMSA-2012-0082 (HM-251)
Published: 78 Fed. Reg. 54,849 (Sept. 6, 2013)
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Comments of the Natural Resources Defense Council,
Sierra Club and Oil Change International on behalf of

Earthjustice
ForestEthics
Public Citizen
Friends of the Earth
Spokane Riverkeeper
Columbia Riverkeeper
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Friends of Grays Harbor
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Benicia Good Neighbor Steering Committee
Community In-power and Development Association
Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club
Audubon Society of New Hampshire

Submitted December 5, 2013
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I. INTRODUCTION
These comments are submitted, in response to the above-captioned Advance Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking by the Sierra Club, Oil Change International and the Natural Resources
Defense Council on behalf of their millions of members and active supporters, and on behalf of
Earthjustice, ForestEthics, Public Citizen, Friends of the Earth, Spokane Riverkeeper, Columbia
Riverkeeper, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Friends of Grays Harbor, Natural Resources Council
of Maine, Benicia Good Neighbor Steering Committee, Community In-power and Development Association, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society of New Hampshire.
These comments respond to: (1) Petitions P-1577, P-1587, P-1595 (regarding retrofitting of
DOT-111 tank cars) and (2) the invitation of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
Administration (“PHMSA”) to address whether other “operations enhancements” are called for
in the context of rail shipments of crude oil.

Note: This document is invaluable to up-rail communities. The entire document is 165 pages of thoroughly documented analysis of potential risks and dangers. Click Rail Safety Comments final group letter to read the commentary in its entirety. It covers in detail the safety of the rail cars, the rail regulations and enforcement, the characteristics of the various crude products and the risks of each, spill and accident preparedness, and more. This document can be used as the basis of responding the draft EIR, even though it was already submitted during the Scoping period of the EIR.

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