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Published on Friday, February 10, 2017

Legislation directs state to develop emergency plans for oil train accidents

Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) has developed HB 1698 that would require the state’s Department of Health to prepare emergency preparedness guidance for oil train accidents. The bill recognizes that oil train traffic has been increasing in Washington and, with it, an increasing risk of spills, fires, and other hazards.

The bill would require the Department to identify methods of notifying residents about oil train accidents, create information on the health risks associated with oil spills, and create guidance on what to do during an oil spill emergency. The Department would be required to implement a public outreach campaign no later than January 1, 2020.

AWC supports the bill. It will be heard in the House Public Safety Committee on February 13 at 1:30 pm.