- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four West Coast senators want the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders about crude oil shipments from the Great Plains.

The letter sent Monday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says railroads should notify states of all high-hazard flammable liquids - including crude from outside the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana, as well as ethanol and 71 other liquids.

In May, Foxx ordered railroads operating trains containing more than 1 million gallons of Bakken crude - or about 35 tank cars - to inform states the trains pass through.

The letter was signed by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California. Wyden and Merkley raised similar concerns in June.

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