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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office, author.

Title Hazardous materials rail shipments, a review of emergency response information in selected train documents : report to congressional committees.

Publication Info. [Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2016.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-17-130    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (ii, 31 pages) : color illustrations
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Note "December 2016."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Note Description based on online resource, PDF version; title from caption (GAO web site, viewed December 5, 2016).
Summary In November 2012, a train derailed in Paulsboro, New Jersey, releasing about 20,000 gallons of vinyl chloride, a hazardous material. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found, among other issues, that the supplemental information in the train’s documents on responding to emergencies involving vinyl chloride was inconsistent with and less protective than emergency response guidance in the ERG. Congress included a provision in statute for GAO to evaluate the differences between the emergency response information carried by trains transporting hazardous materials and the ERG guidance. This report examines (1) what emergency response information is carried on trains by selected railroads transporting hazardous materials and how responders use it, and (2) how selected railroads’ supplemental emergency response information compares to information in the ERG. GAO reviewed the ERG and other relevant literature and met with DOT and NTSB officials, among others. GAO interviewed all 7 larger Class I railroads and 11 smaller Class II and III railroads that carried hazardous materials in 2015. GAO compared the supplemental emergency response information with ERG information for 72 frequently shipped hazardous materials from a nonprobability sample of train documents provided by 10 of the 18 selected railroads.
Subject United States. Department of Transportation.
United States. Department of Transportation. (OCoLC)fst01853127
Hazardous substances -- United States.
Railroad accidents -- United States -- Prevention.
Railroads -- United States -- Safety measures.
Hazardous substances. (OCoLC)fst00952197
Railroad accidents -- Prevention. (OCoLC)fst01088566
Railroads -- Safety measures. (OCoLC)fst01089169
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Online resources.
Online resources.
Added Title A review of emergency response information in selected train documents
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-17-130

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