WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud praised news that the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing later this month to review rail safety standards. Michaud has been pressuring Committee leadership to evaluate safety standards, particularly for the transport of hazardous materials, since the runaway train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec last July.
"I am pleased that the House will finally provide a much-needed review of rail safety standards," said Michaud, a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. "I hope that witness testimony will spur my colleagues to work together to make our railroads safer for freight, passengers, and the public at large."
Last month, Michaud and several of his colleagues sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) urging them to expedite a safety rule regarding the tank car model involved in Lac-Megantic and several other recent accidents. The letter also urged officials to adopt new safety standards for crude oil proposed last month by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The hearing, "Oversight of Passenger and Freight Rail Safety," will be held by the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on February 26.