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Friday, June 20, 2014

+1 for Public Scrutiny: Feds Reject Special Treatment for Train Route Details

By Marla Nelson, Staff Attorney

Following the U.S. Department of Transportation's order for railroads to give state officials the specific details of oil train routes and volumes, some railroad companies sought confidentiality agreements with states to prevent public disclosure of that information. The railroads have cited to business and security reasons for precluding public review. On June 18, 2014, however, the Federal Railroad Administration made a statement that it has determined the route information is not security sensitive and thus may not be withheld from the public based on security concerns.

The Oregon State Police and Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal has posted some of the reports disclosed by the railroads in response to that order on their website.

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