“I have been advocating for stronger standards for tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol as well as for better communication and training for emergency responders since the terrible tragedy caused by the freight train accident in Lac Megantic, Quebec in 2013. This train was carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil and when it derailed, this small community just 30 miles from the western Maine border was incinerated and 47 people were tragically killed. Maine’s brave first responders rushed to assist their Canadian counterparts in containing the horrific fire.
“I will carefully review the details of the regulations put forth by the Department and the timeline for their implementation, but the tank car standards appear to move in the right direction and should help prevent future tragedies.”
Last week, Senator Collins chaired a hearing of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee on the President’s FY 2016 budget request. During the hearing, Senator Collins highlighted the tragic incident in Lac Megantic as a clear example for the urgent need of these new safety regulations and questioned Secretary Foxx on this very subject.