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A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release

Gillibrand: "Risk is high" with dangerous train cargo

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the chorus of lawmakers calling for tougher safety rules for railroads carrying dangerous cargo.

Speaking in Plattsburgh Tuesday, the Democrat said the growing shipments of crude oil from North Dakota and other hazardous chemicals through North Country towns is dangerous.

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"These trains are going through communities with families, children, and hospitals, and the risk is very high. If you had a derailment or if you had an explosion, it would really put people’s lives at risk. So I agree completely that we need far more accountability and transparency, and, frankly, some of these routes should be re-routed."

The Transportation Safety Boards of the U.S. and Canada have urged carriers to retrofit unsafe tanker cars. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered state agencies to review train routes and rules to make them safer.

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