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Policymakers Urge Action on Rail Safety Bill

September 26, 2023

A group of senators is renewing calls for a floor vote on legislation meant to improve safety across freight rail networks.

Several months after the chamber’s Commerce Committee advanced the comprehensive bipartisan bill, panel Chairwoman Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) is again leading a push to advance the measure through Congress.

In a recent resolution endorsed by her colleagues, the chairwoman indicated: “The Feb. 3, 2023, Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, which resulted in the burning of [six] vinyl chloride tank cars and forced the evacuation of approximately 2,000 nearby residents, was a reminder of the risks posed by hazardous materials transportation.

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