Seriously! The train that derailed in East Palestine wasn’t even considered a “high-hazard flammable train” (HHFT).
The Department of Transportation (DOT) applies stricter rules to high-hazard flammable trains – those carrying flammable liquids in at least (20) consecutive tank cars — or (35) cars total. They are limited to a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour, and must have newer ECP braking equipment and special cars when transporting hazardous materials across the country.
Before we get to the bills, please watch this short video about how a Wall Street system designed for maximum profit has made the America’s train industry so dangerous…
Action #1: Email/call your legislators. There are now two bills introduced in Congress to address train safety and neither is perfect.
The derailed train in East Palestine (we now have to define WHICH derailment) had only (11) tank cars, not (20), not (35). It also had (2) crew members and (1) trainee. But before the “100 percent preventable” accident, train workers had worried that the 9,300 feet long (that’s 1.7 miles!), 18,000 ton, 151-car train was too long and heavy to travel safelyContinue reading “How close are train tracks to your home? Your job? Your kid’s school? Tell your legislators to make these train bills better!”