Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Oil Trains Don't Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

From:  Truthout 

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 00:00 
 by Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report 

Oil by rail
There are no existing rail cars that could truly be considered safe for shipping crude oil. (Image: Oil by rail via Shutterstock)

In May, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health-care professionals from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) called on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to take a stronger position against proposed oil-by-rail shipping terminals in their respective states, in order to insure the health and physical security of families and communities there.

Washington PSR describes itself as a group that promotes "peace and health for the human community and the global ecosystem by empowering members, citizens and policy makers to develop and model for the rest of the nation socially just and life-enhancing policies regarding nuclear issues, climate change, environmental toxins, vulnerable populations and other risks to human health."

The group has sounded the alarm over what it sees as a direct health threat to the country stemming from the oil-by-rail system.
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