Rail Transport of Hazardous Chemicals

On July 14, 1991, a train transporting tankers of weed killers derailed in California and dumped thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals… read more

On July 14, 1991, a train transporting tankers of weed killers derailed in California and dumped thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Sacramento River. Every living thing in the Sacramento River was killed in a forty-five mile stretch below the spill site. The subcommittee heard testimony on the safety of transporting hazardous chemicals by train, and heard debate on the question of whether the EPA or railroad corporations should take the responsibility for labelling, carrying, and ensuring the safety of transporting hazardous materials. Witnesses included representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency and railroad industry representatives. close

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  • John Anderson Associate Director General Accounting Office->Transportation
  • Sarah Brandt Evaluator General Accounting Office
  • Don Clay Assistant Administrator Environmental Protection Agency->Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
  • Edward English Director Federal Railroad Administration->Safety Enforcement
  • Walter "Wally" Herger U.S. Representative [R] California
  • James Kolstad Chairman National Transportation Safety Board
  • Robert T. Lagomarsino U.S. Representative [R] California
  • Bernie Loeb Staff Member National Transportation Safety Board->Research and Engineering
  • James Makris Director Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fred Millar Director Friends of the Earth->Toxics Project
  • Alan Roberts Staff Member Department of Transportation->Hazardous Materials Safety
  • Ronne Wood Assistant Director General Accounting Office
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Rail Transport of Hazardous Chemicals

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Program ID:
19919-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 31, 1991
Last Aired:
Aug 5, 1991

Airing Details

  • Jul 31, 1991 | 11:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 04, 1991 | 12:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 05, 1991 | 2:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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