Washington is proposing changes to railroads’ oil spill response efforts

Changes proposed to strengthen railroads’ oil spill response efforts

Requirements would protect people, wildlife and the environment

OLYMPIA – Railroad lines stretch across thousands of miles in Washington, often along pristine rivers and shorelines of the state. An oil spill from a train could pose a significant threat not only to the environment but to people and local economies. That’s why in 2015, Washington began requiring railroad companies to have oil spill contingency plans to ensure they are adequately prepared in case of a spill.

After several years of implementing the initial regulation, the Department of Ecology is proposing updates, based on direction from the Washington Legislature, to streamline requirements and strengthen response to potential railroad spills.

For more information, follow: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/News/2019/June-6-Railroad-oil-spill-response-efforts