"Loopholes in National Railroad Policy Take Communities By Surprise"

Trains carrying hazardous liquids have recently caused more than a dozen explosions, fires, and spills around the country. But communities have little say over hazardous rail facilities in their midst. The rail industry is exploiting obscure historic exemptions from state and local laws protecting communities.

"How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in U.S.?"

"Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States, pollutants that can harm human health. So while many commentators have been quick to say that the cheating engines are not a highway safety concern, safety — as in health — is still an issue."

Source: NY Times, 09/29/2015

"Volkswagen Denied Deception to E.P.A. for Nearly a Year"

"For more than a year, Volkswagen executives told the Environmental Protection Agency that discrepancies between the formal air-quality tests on its diesel cars and the much higher pollution levels out on the road were the result of technical issues, not a deliberate attempt to deceive Washington officials."

Source: NY Times, 09/22/2015

"Rail Service Crisis Looms as Congress Looks To Modify Safety Law"

"President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the nation’s rail safety agency told lawmakers Thursday that the agency would hold railroads to a year-end deadline to install collision-avoidance technology even if it meant that freight and passengers could be left stranded."

Source: McClatchy, 09/21/2015


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