'We’re risking not only our own health but the downstream health'
EUGENE, Ore. - Environmentalist groups are concerned about an Oregon House bill that failed to pass the most recent Legislative session.
House Bill 2131 would have required the Department of Environmental Quality to prepare emergency plans to follow in case of an oil spill on high hazard train routes.
“We’re risking not only our own health but the downstream health of all the things that are important to us, such as salmon, trout, frogs and other amphibians. It's really a problem that Oregon is ill-equipped to deal with these problems in an efficient and effective manner,” Lisa Arkin with Beyond Toxics said.
The bill would have also established the High Hazard Train Route Oil Spill Prevention Fund, which would fund response training and planning.