Final Rule continues to unnecessarily expose communities and the environment to more danger
Philadelphia, PA – Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Final Rule on Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains. The final rule confirms what many suspected – it is business as usual for the crude by rail industry. Despite the horrific oil train derailments that continue to occur across North America that have led to deaths, injury, and environmental damage, the public can continue to expect more oil train derailments for years to come.
Philadelphia, PA - Today, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Green Philly, PennFuture, and Tookany-Tacony Frankford/Watershed Partnership commended Councilman Mark Squilla and City Council for introducing single use bag legislation that would impose a small fee for any person(s) who uses a single use bag when making a purchase from a retail establishment. Reducing bags is an easy way to tackle the City's ongoing problem with trash that ends up in rivers and streams, clogs storm drains, and negatively impacts neighborhoods. Environmental organizations have been calling for the introduction of a bag bill for many, many months and are delighted by today's news.
Philadelphia, PA - Today, March 11, 2015, Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and PennEnvironment urged City Council to support Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's resolution tomorrow that urges Congress and the United States Department of Transportation to release specifications for tank car design and for Philadelphia rail companies to rapidly upgrade and replace crude oil tank cars. The resolution also urges the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to be more transparent and conduct emergency response workshops, specific to crude by rail, in communities at risk.
Newark, NJ-This week, Clean Water Action and NJ Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA), both founding members of the Coalition for Healthy Ports, held a Truck Count and Walking Tour in the South Ward of Newark, which is surrounded by highways, the airport, railroads, trucks, a superfund site, polluting industry and the Port of Newark.