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2017 Regular Session
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At the request of:
Chief Sponsors: Representative Smith Warner
Regular Sponsors: Representative Holvey, Keny-Guyer (Presession Filed)
Bill Title: Relating to safe transport of hazardous materials; prescribing an effective date.
Catchline/Summary: Modifies requirements for content of State Fire Marshal plan for coordinated response to oil or hazardous material spills or releases that occur during rail transport.
Requires railroads operating in state to submit certain information to State Fire Marshal for purposes of plan. Requires owners and operators of high hazard train routes to submit contingency plans to Department of Environmental Quality. Directs Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules applying certain oil spill prevention and emergency response planning requirements to railroads that own or operate high hazard train routes in this state] for preparation of contingency plans for high hazard train routes. Adds railroad cars to definition of "facility" for purposes of liability for oil spillage under oil or hazardous material spillage statutes. Defines "high hazard train,] "high hazard train route" and "listed sensitive area" for purposes of contingency plans. Expands definition of "navigable waters" for purposes of applicability of oil or hazardous material spillage statutes to include inland watersheds and drinking water intakes that intersect with high hazard train routes.] Requires proof of financial responsibility for high hazard train routes. Establishes annual assessment proportioned among certain railroads. Transfers moneys to Oil and Hazardous Material Transportation by Rail Action Fund. Becomes operative July 1, 2019.] Establishes High Hazard Train Route Oil Spill Prevention Fund. Specifies uses of fund. Requires Department of Environmental Quality to include listed sensitive areas along high hazard train routes in integrated, interagency response plan for oil or hazardous material spills in certain areas of state. Becomes operative January 1, 2018. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.
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Current Location: In House Committee
Current Committee: Joint Committee On Ways and Means
Current Subcommittee: Joint Committee On Ways and Means SubCommittee On Public Safety
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