DOT Oil Train Rule Sparks Security, Compliance Concerns

Law360, New York (July 20, 2016, 7:26 PM EDT) -- Recently proposed U.S. Department of Transportation regulations meant to improve spill-response readiness for trains carrying highly flammable cargo like crude oil carve out stringent new reporting requirements that experts say could force railroads to disclose sensitive details, exposing them to security risks and ramping up their compliance burden.

The 217-page rule would update and clarify the comprehensive oil spill response plan requirements for high-hazard flammable trains, or HHFTs, and would require railroads to share operational information with state and tribal emergency response commissions. That could include details such as the routes over which HHFTs will operate and the estimated number of...

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