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For the first time in more than 50 years, Santa Claus will not be stopping at the Union Pacific Railroad Depot in La Grande this holiday season.
The alert, issued by the U.S. DOT on Thursday, said that the crude oil poses a “significant risk” because it is more flammable than traditional heavy crude.
Emergency responders are preparing for a higher risk of oil spills in the Northwest. Numerous companies are making plans to ship more crude oil by rail to Oregon and Washington.
A University of Washington scientist tracked the dust from 450 trains, including about 10 percent carrying coal.
Reductions in Oregon's state hazardous materials teams have left a gap in Central Oregon, where there was previously little need for hazmat response. Now railroads are carrying more and more crude oil, a classified hazardous material, through the region.
A growing number of oil trains are now moving south along Oregon's Deschutes River, presenting a new risk for oil spills along one of Oregon’s most iconic rivers and new safety concerns for communities in the region.
A smart phone app called "Pulse Point" and volunteers trained in CPR are a lifesaving combination, fire officials say.
After the oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia, last week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation with a list of requests for improving oil train safety.
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