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Hazardous Rail Shipments Debate Renewed


Toxic Materials, Safety and Terrorism Concerns Following Fatal Derailment - Posted 06/29/09

 

Chicago - AP June 27 - When derailed freight train cars carrying ethanol burst into flames just 50 miles from her Chicago suburb, killing a motorist who tried to flee, Barrington (Ill.) Mayor Karen Darch saw her worst fears realized.

 

The derailment earlier this month highlights the struggle to prevent such disasters along the 140,000-mile U.S. rail network. The pressure is on to tackle outstanding safety issues with hazardous-cargo shipments expected to soar in coming years. Fears that terrorists might view chemical-laden tankers as easy targets adds to the urgency. Read more . . .

 


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