What do independant Emergency Management & Railroad experts says? Scroll down this page and review; Fred Millar, Jim Blaze, Dave Nahass, and Wendy Buckley. In the meantime, we' a're tracking Upstate Train Derailments.
Critical to the #MVHSDOWNTOWN proposed hospital, is the MVHS SEQR section titled, 3.11.4 Reasonably Foreseeable Catastrophic Impacts. They claim it's "negligible", but here's an image of the risk... Risk.
July 4, 2019 - Not a safety consultant, however Bruce Campbell has an important message, Why we must never forget the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster...
“Time and time again, publics trust governments to ensure that companies operate prudently. Time and again, we are shocked by a new disaster caused by corporate negligence. We say, ‘We will never forget.’ Then we forget. And then it happens again.”
Fred Millar is an independent and well-known rail safety expert, see Mr Millar's Introduction, Background & CV.
Mr. Millar's Bio: Public interest and environmental safety advocate, national policy analyst and lobbyist, trade union strategic researcher, educator and consultant, based in Washington, D.C., with skills, technical expertise and national, local and international contacts in a wide range of issues and strategies. Recognized international analyst in nuclear waste storage and transportation and industrial chemical use, transportation and accident prevention, emergency planning and homeland security. Consultant to the major U.S. chemical and oil worker unions, environmental groups, insurance companies and university and governmental bodies including the District of Columbia Council.
Mr Millar was quoted on the MVHS Hospital Concept...
"Lax regulations? Fred Millar, an independent rail safety consultant in Washington, D.C., with a background in both emergency management and environmental advocacy, said that guidelines don’t prevent construction near tracks.
But he doesn’t think that’s because building near a rail line is safe. He said he thinks rail safety rules are far too lax with even common-sense precautions fought off by the industry.
There’s not rules in the country, that I know about, in terms of land use in terms of planning and zoning that say you can’t do this near a rail line, he said.
He particularly fears the potential outcome of either the derailment of or a terrorist assault on chlorine tankers, which could release a huge cloud of toxic gas.
If the health system really looked at the risks, it would likely choose to go elsewhere, Millar speculated.
We shouldn’t even build railroads through major developed areas, he said."
Jim Blaze is an economist and railroad consultant who worked in the railroad industry for 30 years; some Stories By Jim Blaze.
Mr. Blaze's Bio: A professional in the rail freight, rail passenger, and rail transit industry for more than 30 years. Jim has worked with both state and regional bodies like Illinois-DOT and the Chicago Transit Authority. Other project assignments included project work for Baltimore MTA, Amtrak, and transit systems in the states of Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Texas, California, Oregon and Washington. He also has worked for and with federal railway agencies including the US Railway Association, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the US-DOT. Read More
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Ms. Buckley's Bio: With over 19 years of professional experience in the hazardous material industry, Wendy has certainly proved herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. Before founding STARS, Wendy held impressive positions with many different companies. She first started as a volunteer firefighter for both Virginia and Maryland for 10 years. She then accepted a job with the Federal Railroad Administration as a trainee hazmat safety inspector and for the State of New Jersey as a journeyman hazmat inspector.
Contact Ms Buckley at Stars Hazmat for a second professional opinion.
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