Rail Safety Latest Developments
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has completed its report outlining Minnesota’s response capabilities
for an oil transportation incident. This report presents key findings on emergency preparedness, training of first responders and recommendations for implementing best practices.
Emergency responders in Fridley were the first to take training to prepare for potential rail disasters. The training, held Oct. 9, is in accordance with rail and pipeline safety legislation signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this year. HSEM Operations Branch Director Kevin Reed talked with reporters about the importance of the training
Twenty-two additional training sessions are scheduled around the state. They assist local first responders to better understand the hazards posed by the transportation of oil and other hazardous substances through their communities and how to best protect the public’s safety.
Rail Safety Overview
Laws improving the safety of Minnesotans who live and work near railways that carry crude oil and other hazardous materials went into effect on July 1, 2014.
The Department of Public Safety, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the railroads will carry out the new rail safety legislation passed by the Legislature and signed Gov. Mark Dayton into law in May 2014.
The new laws follow accidents involving crude oil in neighboring states and provinces and will implement stricter oversight of railroad companies, require more railway inspections and provide for better emergency response training and preparedness in communities across Minnesota.
Rail Safety Information and Resources
Rail Safety News Releases
Governor Dayton to Local Leaders: How is Increased Railway Traffic Impacting Your Communities?
From Office of Governor Dayton
Governor Mark Dayton reached out to 300 communities located along railway routes in Minnesota, asking how increased rail traffic and the volatility of oil shipments are impacting local budgets and the quality of life enjoyed by area residents. Read the full news release here.
New state rail safety regulations now in effect
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Laws improving the safety of Minnesotans who live and work near railways that carry crude oil and other hazardous materials went into effect on July 1. Details about the new regulations are available in the release.