'We’re risking not only our own health but the downstream health'

FILE - This June 6, 2016, file aerial video image taken from a drone shows crumpled oil tankers lying beside the railroad tracks after a fiery June 3 train derailment that prompted evacuations from the tiny Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier, Ore. U.S. safety officials say they've seen slow progress in efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite a string of fiery derailments. (Brent Foster via AP, file)

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.

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