Shipment of Dangerous Goods by Rail

Year
2019
Category
Transportation and Communication,Railways
NCLGA Ref#
R5

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership

Details

Whereas the increase in rail shipment of petroleum products and other dangerous goods pose an increased chance for spills and greater environmental risk:

Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the provincial and federal governments to improve Environmental Emergency Program regulations around rail transport of petroleum products and dangerous goods to strengthen and include improvements to spill preparedness, response and recovery.

Responses

The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has endorsed many resolutions calling on the provincial and federal governments to improve regulations and safety around the shipment of dangerous goods by rail (2018-B13, 2015-B13, 2014-B55).

The Committee also notes that membership has endorsed a resolution calling for local governments to have a manifest of the dangerous contents of trains passing through their boundaries (2017-B7). The membership has also endorsed a resolution asking the federal government to phase out the use of sub-standard liquid commodity rail cars and until they are entirely phased out, restrict these sub-standard cars from carrying dangerous goods (2014-B126).

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