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Hochul Calls for Proactive Steps to Prevent Further Rail Disasters


Gov. Kathy Hochul urged federal regulators, the freight rail industry and Congress to take proactive steps to prevent freight rail disasters following last week’s derailment in Montgomery County.

Hochul is specifically calling on those figures to take specific steps including expediting the phase-in of safer tank cars for hazardous materials, modernizing braking regulations and increasing the use of electronically controlled pneumatic brakes. Hochul’s also calling for an expansion to state and local grants specifically for hazmat preparedness and response planning.

In a statement Hochul said we can’t wait for another disaster to happen before we take steps to improve rail safety.

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