Monday, December 10, 2012

'Radio Times' examines NJ chemical train derailment

The Philadelphia-based NPR-radio program Radio Times today examines the Nov. 30 freight derailment in Paulsboro, NJ that sent four tank cars carrying toxic vinyl chloride into the Mantua Creek.

The event 
 has raised questions about railroad safety, regulations regarding the shipment
of hazardous materials, and the responsibilities of freight railroads to maintain and inspect their rail lines. 

Show host Marty Moss-Coane will ask if this train derailment was avoidable and what lessons it offers for the future as we increasingly rely on the freight railroad system throughout the U.S.?  

Joining her to answer questions about this accident and the safety and regulation of freight railroads are Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Paul Nussbaum and Penn State professor Peter Swan.

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