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Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal Call For Rail Safety "Overhaul"

Barry Solow, flickr

Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say they want to "overhaul" rail safety laws to prevent future derailments and other accidents.

The two Democrats say Sunday they'll introduce legislation that would boost funding for federal rail safety and operations programs, strengthen the Federal Railroad Administration's enforcement powers and require enhanced inspections of commuter railroads. The proposal would also require new operating practices for the transport of crude oil and other flammable liquids.

Schumer says recent derailments and accidents show the need for tougher railroad rules, inspections and worker training programs.

His office says the legislation contains many proposals from a recent federal report on rail safety.

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