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United States : Governor Cuomo Announces Latest Round of Rail Inspections.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the successful completion of another round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections intended to improve public safety and reduce potential dangers associated with the transport of crude oil across New York State. Inspection teams examined 215 crude oil tank cars, approximately 190 miles of track and 26 switches. Overall, state and federal teams uncovered and addressed four critical defects and 16 non-critical defects.

Public safety is our number one priority and these crude oil rail inspections are part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of potentially fatal accidents, Governor Cuomo said. We will continue to work with our partners to enforce the toughest standards possible so that crude oil is transported safely throughout this state.

Inspection teams from the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration carried out crude oil tanker inspections at the CSX Corporation-owned Selkirk Yard in Selkirk (Albany County) and at the Canadian Pacific-owned Kenwood Yard in Albany (Albany County).

The inspectors also examined CP mainline track between Willsboro (Essex County) and Whitehall (Washington County) and between Burnt Hills (Saratoga County) and Fort Edward (Washington County). They examined CSX mainline track between Lyons (Wayne County) and Warners (Onondaga County), between Rome (Oneida County) and Syracuse (Onondaga County) and between Cornwall (Orange County) and Haverstraw, (Rockland County).

The inspections focused on track, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety equipment, including wheels and brakes. The teams also performed hazardous materials inspections to ensure that all equipment is in line with regulations, including valves, valve closures, and placards that identify the cargo being shipped. They also checked tank car inspection and pressure test dates.

During the inspections, two types of defects are identified critical and non-critical. Critical defects identify important maintenance issues that must be addressed immediately, but do not necessarily indicate safety lapses. Non-critical rail defects must be repaired within 30 days. All tank car defects must be fixed before the train departs the yard. If that is not possible, the affected car must be pulled from the train to await repair.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, These targeted crude oil tank car and rail track inspections initiated by Governor Cuomo are helping us protect public safety by ensuring that railroads maintain their infrastructure in a state of good repair. We will continue to work with our state and federal partners to protect the reliability of rail transport in New York and keep our communities safe.

Since Governor Cuomo initiated this targeted inspection campaign in February 2014, the Department of Transportation and its federal partners have inspected 12,562 rail cars, including 10,554 crude oil tank cars, and 4,345 miles of track, uncovered 1,585 defects, and issued 20 hazardous materials violations.

Tank Car Inspection Results

Kenwood At the Kenwood Rail Yard in Albany, rail equipment inspectors from the Department of Transportation examined 115 crude oil tank cars and found five non-critical defects, including mis-aligned brake shoes, shelled wheels and missing knuckle pins.

Selkirk - At the Selkirk Yard in Selkirk, hazardous material inspectors from the Department of Transportation examined 100 crude oil tank cars and found one non-critical defect, a broken hazmat placard.

Track Inspection Results

Canadian Pacific Mainline Track Inspection Willsboro to Whitehall Federal Railroad Administration track inspectors examined approximately 66 miles of track and four switches along the CP mainline between Willsboro and Whitehall. They found no defects.

Canadian Pacific Mainline Track Inspection Burnt Hills to Fort Edward Department of Transportation track inspectors examined approximately 35 miles of track and six switches along the CP mainline between Burnt Hills and Fort Edward and found three non-critical defects, including loose joint bars, loose guard rail and loose clip bolts on a switch rod.

CSX Mainline Track Inspection Lyons to Warners Federal Railroad Administration track inspectors examined approximately 40 miles of track and 4 switches along the CSX mainline between Lyons and Warners and found four non-critical defects, including loose adjustable rail braces and loose switch rod bolts.

CSX Mainline Track Inspection Rome to Syracuse Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration inspectors examined approximately 29 miles of track and nine switches along the CSX mainline between Rome and Syracuse. They found four critical defects, which were repaired immediately. These included having worn and broken tread portions of switch transition devices, and having less than two bolts per rail end at a joint in a continuously welded rail. They also found three non-critical defects, including loose switch rod bolts, loose guard rail bolts and loose bolts on a switch transition device.

CSX Mainline Track Inspection Cornwall to Haverstraw Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration inspectors examined approximately 20 miles of track and three switches along the CSX mainline track between Cornwall and Haverstraw and found no defects.

Following a series of out-of-state disasters involving the transport of crude oil by rail, New York State has taken a series of aggressive actions to improve the safety and reliability of the practice.

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