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Iowa study released on hauling of crude oil and biofuels by rail

This news story was published on April 27, 2016.
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AMES –  A new study released by the Iowa departments of Transportation and Homeland Security and Emergency Management reveals insights into the transportation by rail of crude oil and biofuels around and through Iowa.

The study, thought to be the first of its kind in the nation, used a series of interviews and meetings with government agencies, railroads, emergency response personnel, emergency managers, rail shippers, and biofuels producers to cover four main topic areas: prevention of spills, preparedness in the event of a spill, response to an incident, and recovery from an incident.

The group met several times over the past year to assess potential risks and propose measures to minimize those risks. Together, government and industry developed recommendations and actions to enhance the safety of this transportation supply chain.

Tamara Nicholson, director of the Iowa DOT’s Office of Rail Transportation, said, “Rather than working to impose additional rules or regulations on the transportation of these materials, as is being done in other states, we decided to work with the railroads, producers, and the emergency management community to see what procedures and resources are already in place and how those can be strengthened in Iowa.”

A full report of the study is available at:

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3 Responses to Iowa study released on hauling of crude oil and biofuels by rail

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I would think that Homeland Security would have more important things to screw up, like ????

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    They had a chance to put in a pipeline which is much safer, but, Obumer stopped it. We will put it in when Trump is elected.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    The railroad Iowa Northern owned by the sabines hauls alchol thru downtown Manly almost daily and soon be along with the alcohol will be the flesh eating chemicals from the new chemical plant next door to the alcohol storage facility next door to the windmill storage facility all government subsidized and the same outfit railroad included.