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US Report: Rail Safety Violations Should Be Prosecuted

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, and are going lightly on civil fines, according to a report released Friday by a government investigator. The Federal Railroad Administration routinely applies only modest civil penalties for hazardous materials safety violations, even though inspectors request penalties only for serious or repeated infractions, said the report by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general. Instead, the agency’s attorneys have made it a priority to process penalties quickly and avoid legal […]