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Rep. Kind Pushing for More Rail Road Safety Checks
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/29/2016

A Wisconsin Congressman is proposing legislation to increase rail safety measures after two separate train derailments led to thousands of gallons of fuel to be spilled last fall. Rep. Ron Kind says the Rail Safety Act would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with the Department of Transportation to provide emergency response equipment in areas where trains carry hazardous products.

During a listening session in Whitehall on Thursday, the La Crosse Democrat said the cost of the special equipment would be covered by fees collected from the rail companies.

In November, a BNSF train derailed near Alma, spilling over 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River. That same week, another train in Watertown jumped the tracks and tipped over a car containing hundreds of gallons of crude oil.

Kind plans to bring the proposal to legislative committee in hopes that it will come up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

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