Enviro Groups Call DOT's Oil Train Speed Limit 'Toothless'

Law360, New York (April 20, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT) -- Environmental groups say that the U.S. Department of Transportation's recently proposed rules addressing some issues with trains carrying large volumes of crude oil don't go far enough to protect people and the environment.

Groups like West Coast-based ForestEthics, Hudson River watchdog organization Riverkeeper and the Center for Biological Diversity called the DOT's rules "toothless" and said the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit the DOT wants imposed upon trains carrying highly flammable liquid through certain densely populated areas will do little to prevent derailments.

"The emergency order only applies to a few dozen metropolitan areas nationwide and does not apply to most of the...

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