Schumer wants to know what hazardous materials are in the trains criss-crossing the state
Zach Grady reports for WWNY that New York Senator Chuck Schumer was in upstate New York March 7 wondering what hazardous materials are in the trains criss-crossing the state. Schumer said, “The people of upstate New York, our local leaders, and our first responders still have a lot of questions on the trains that run through their backyards every day, and I’m here to get answers.... Our tracks regularly carry trains with hazardous materials. That’s a risk to our communities, and these major rail companies have a responsibility if they are going to carry this stuff, make sure New Yorkers are kept safe.” The CSX train company released a statement after Schumer spoke, saying, “CSX had a productive meeting with Senator Schumer and we are grateful for the opportunity to share with lawmakers how CSX is leading the industry in the area of rail safety, customer service and engaging employees to find solutions that improve their work experience and quality of life." A train derailment in Ohio in February led to a fiery crash and longterm environmental damage, and has heightened scrutiny on the rail industry in recent weeks.