- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine environmental agency is no longer releasing details on hazardous rail shipments - a move that some say puts communities in danger.

Accidents involving oil trains have increased safety concerns in recent years. Last year, a federal transportation agency ordered freight lines to inform state emergency agencies on the routes of trains carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil. The railroads have urged states to withhold the information due to security concerns.

A new state law says information on hazardous rail shipments can no longer be given to the public under the state’s Freedom of Access law.

A state official tells Maine Public Broadcasting Network (https://bit.ly/1NuVd3m ) they expect to meet with lawyers next week to see if the agency can continue releasing the information.

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Information from: WMEH-FM, https://www.mpbc.org/

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