Calling for Stronger Federal Oversight
Beginning in January 2014, New York State executed a series of communications to push the federal government to take aggressive action to prevent crude oil rail accidents. Through meetings, letters and formal comments, Governor Cuomo and his Commissioners urged federal officials to expeditiously implement stringent regulatory changes. These include letters to the White House, the departments of Transportation, Homeland Security and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Coast Guard agencies. Since the Governor’s call to action in 2014, the State has conducted regular targeted inspections of rail tracks and switches, provided strategically placed foam, firefighting equipment, and supplies along rail lines statewide and provided specialized training to firefighters and first responders across New York State.
September 29, 2014: Commissioners' comments to USDOT on PHMSA -2012-0082 (HM-251) regulations
September 29, 2014: Commissioners' comments to USDOT on PFSA-2014-015 (HM-251B) regulations
April 30, 2014: Governor Cuomo's letter to President Obama
April 29, 2014: DHSES Commissioner Hauer's letter to Homeland Security
April 29, 2014: DEC Commissioner Martens' letter to U.S. Coast Guard
March 3, 2014: Governor Cuomo's letter to USDOT and Homeland Security