Contact: Anthony Campisi
Conservation Voters of PA Hails House Passage of Matzie-Marshall Rail Safety Bill
Conservation Voters of PA released the following statement on the state House passage yesterday of House Bill 1028:
“Conservation Voters of PA applauds the bi-partisan majority which passed legislation designed to better protect Pennsylvanians from railway disasters like the East Palestine, Ohio derailment. House Bill 1028, sponsored by Reps. Rob Matzie (D-Beaver) and Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) would require the implementation of much needed commonsense safety measures and create a reporting system for transportation of hazardous materials or waste.
“The East Palestine derailment released approximately 100,000 gallons of hazardous materials into the environment. Its route took it through densely populated communities across southwest Pennsylvania in the hours immediately before the derailment, highlighting the need to improve the safety and security of these freight trains. Considering the record profits being earned by train operators and the manufacturers of the often-hazardous products they haul, it is appropriate the state enacts measures to protect the communities through which these trains run.
“We applaud Reps. Matzie and Marshall for sponsoring this important legislation and thank the members of the state House who voted for it. We look forward to working with the Senate and Shapiro Administration to enact this important measure.”