2017 Regular Session
|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.|
|Catchline/Summary:||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.
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. Becomes operative January 1, 2018. Establishes annual assessment proportioned among certain railroads. Transfers moneys to Oil and Hazardous Material Transportation by Rail Action Fund. Becomes operative July 1, 2019. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.
|Fiscal Impact:||May Have Fiscal Impact, But No Statement Yet Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||May Have Revenue Impact, But No Statement Yet Issued|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In House Committee|
|Current Committee:||House Committee On Energy and Environment|