New bill would give Mainers right to know if train derailment spills hazardous materials

  • Source: WPFO-TV FOX 23 Waterville
  • Published: 02/08/2024 12:00 AM

Some Maine lawmakers are calling for more transparency from railroad companies after a string of derailments across the country last year. In Maine, a law passed in 2015 bars the public's right to know what hazardous materials pass through the state by train and when. When the CBS13 I-Team took this law to people who live by the tracks, they were concerned. Lawmakers also want to know what chemicals are passing through Maine communities. That created LD 1937, which would have removed this confidentiality and made hazardous materials by train known to the public. However, it was revealed Wednesday that the bill has morphed since it was introduced. "This is not the public gaining a lot, or access, to what is happening to when, where and how,” Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) said. “This is really about elevating that transparency to the state."


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