TRAIN DERAILMENTS AND TOXIC SPILLS. HEARING BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES AND TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE, COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 102ND CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION, OCTOBER 3, 1991
This hearing examined (1) the circumstances surrounding the July 14, 1991, derailment of the Southern Pacific train near Dunsmuir, California; (2) the health effects of the spilled chemical, metam sodium, on the surrounding populace and environment; (3) the extent to which the Federal Environmental Protection Agency should have been aware of the toxic properties of metam sodium at the time of the spill; (4) the relationship between the Federal Railroad Administration and the Southern Pacific Railroad, as well as other railroads; and (5) the failure of the Research and Special Programs Administration, within the Department of Transportation, to exercise the emergency powers granted to it under law to classify metam sodium as a hazardous material. Included are testimony, prepared statements, and additional material submitted for the record.
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United States House of RepresentativesCommittee on Government Operations
Washington, DC United States 20515
- Publication Date: 1992
- Pagination: 320 p.
- TRT Terms: Chemical spills; Congressional hearings; Derailments; Environmental impacts; Public health; Testimony
- Identifier Terms: Southern Pacific Railroad; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Federal Railroad Administration; U.S. Research and Special Programs Administration
- Old TRIS Terms: Hazardous chemical spills
- Subject Areas: Environment; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00625350
- Record Type: Publication
- ISBN: 0160389755
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 18 1993 12:00AM