DOT Delays Release Of Stricter Oil Rail Transport Rules

Law360, New York (January 15, 2015, 3:44 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has pushed back the issuance of updated safety standards for transporting oil by rail to May 2015, blowing Thursday's congressionally imposed deadline and disappointing environmental and safety advocates pushing for swift action in the wake of several fiery derailments of oil-carrying trains.

Under the so-called Cromnibus spending bill approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in December, the DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration was given a Jan. 15 to finalize rules to safeguard the rail transportation of crude oil and other flammable materials, including enhanced tank car standards and new braking controls...

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