- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - It could be many more months before cities, counties and fire departments get advanced notice of when an oil train is coming through their communities.

The Daily Herald reports (https://goo.gl/A7PvFI ) that such oil train disclosure may not be take effect until the summer of 2017.

The state Department of Ecology is working to determine what details should be included in those notices. That process could take eight months or until June 30, 2017, to complete.

State lawmakers passed House Bill 1449 earlier this year to increase oil transport safety. As part of that law, refineries must give Ecology at least seven-day notice of expected oil train deliveries.

The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Jessyn Farrell, says she’s concerned that it’s going to take that long.

That law also requires the state to hire more rail inspectors to increase track inspections, help emergency responders buy equipment and get warning signs installed at private rail crossings.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com


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