FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi joined Northern California colleagues in calling Tuesday for increased safety for shipments of crude oil by rail that pass through cities including the 3rd District communities cities of Fairfield, Suisun City, Dixon and Davis.
Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and other congressional representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx about the shipments.
“We are especially concerned with the high risks involved with transporting lighter, more flammable crude in densely populated areas,” the letter reads in part. “Should spills or explosions occur, as we have seen over the last year, the consequences could be disastrous, costing lives, damaging property, and harming the environment.
The letter, Garamendi said in a press release, calls on the Department of Transportation to:
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