EHS for Rail Transport News

  • Public Consultation Opens on New Low Carbon Transport Climate Bond Standard

    The proposed standard will only certify investment in transport infrastructure that is compatible with a 2°C warming outcome. The Draft Standard is now open for a 60-day period of public consultation, investor and industry comment. The Technical Working Group is convened under the auspices of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an investor-focused not-for-profit that promotes large-scale investment ...


    By Climate Action

  • 35,000 gallons of oil spills after Montana train derailment

    Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail. No one was reported injured in the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Elecnor short-listed for the future California high speed rail infrastructure project

    Elecnor has been short-listed to take part in the Caltrain Modernization Program, involving the commuter rail service in California between San Francisco and San Jose. This is an ambitious project worth nearly USD 1.23 billion (approximately EUR 970 million) and scheduled to be implemented by 2019.    Specifically, Elecnor, in a joint venture with Cobra, has been short-listed for the ...


    By ELECNOR

  • Alstom T&D India to renovate and modernise grid infrastructure of Bihar

    Alstom T&D India has secured an order worth INR 506.6 million (approximately €6 million), to renovate and modernise 132/33KV grid substations across various locations[1] for Bihar State Power ...


    By Alstom

  • EPA mulls ethanol change as industry profits soar

    Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline. That could be a serious blow to a biofuels industry that saw booms and busts connected to corn and petroleum prices before a renewable fuel standard approved by Congress in 2007 acted as ...


    By Associated Press

  • Appeals Court Upholds Stronger Soot Standard

    A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an industry challenge to stronger health standards for soot. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency substantial discretion in setting air quality standards. The revisions followed a determination by the EPA that existing standards for fine particulate matter ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tankers carrying oil derail, catch fire in Virginia

    Crews used cranes and other heavy equipment Thursday to clean up a derailment that plunged oil-carrying tanker cars into a Virginia river while state officials worked to determine the environmental impact of the thousands of gallons of spilled crude. Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden said state workers smelled oil downstream from the derailment site during a night-time ...


    By Associated Press

  • March infringements package: main decisions

    In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. The Commission has today taken 139 decisions, including 11 reasoned ...

  • Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

    At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions. The derailments released almost 3 million gallons of oil, nearly twice as much as the largest pipeline spill in the U.S. since at least 1986. And the deadliest wreck killed 47 people in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

    The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages. Now, the wastewater is usually disposed of by truck or rail, which poses more risk for accidents than shipping by barge, according to a government report. And one ...


    By Associated Press

  • Eaton presents dangers of electrical counterfeiting at NECA convention and trade show

    Eaton today announced it is sharing the dangers posed by counterfeit electrical products in the electrical contracting industry at the 2013 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention and Trade Show in Washington, D.C. Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Oct. 12-15, 2013, the convention entitled A Different Kind of Power will provide attendees with the latest ...


    By Eaton Corporation

  • Colorado flooding triggers oil spills, shutdowns

    Colorado's flooding shut down hundreds of natural gas and oil wells in the state's main petroleum-producing region and triggered at least two spills, temporarily suspending a multibillion-dollar drilling frenzy and sending inspectors into the field to gauge the extent of pollution. Besides the possible environmental impact, flood damage to roads, railroads and other infrastructure will affect the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Maryland’s new emissions plan shows climate action is cost-effective

    As impacts from climate change become more visible and costly, leaders across the nation are responding. In the wake of projections from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science showing that Maryland could face sea-level rise of more than six feet by the end of the century, Governor Martin ...

  • Global Green Building Materials Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Green Building Materials Industry ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment Environment and transport policies must go hand in hand

    Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to this year’s meeting of the Congress of European Advisory Council on Transport and Environment. It’s a real pleasure for me to be here. This is a very special venue and one most appropriate for this meeting. The SS Rotterdam is not only one of the most successful passenger ships of all times, but it is also one of the most environmentally friendly ships ...

  • Tensar Geogrid technology offers sustainable solutions for Rail Trackbed and structure stability

    Tensar International has led the world in the design and manufacture of trackbed stabilisation, ground stabilisation and soil reinforcement solutions since the 1970s. Continuous development and innovation of geogrids and geotextiles, including many patented designs, have led to their use in railways across Europe and the world, as well as road, bridge, embankment, runway and many other ...


    By Tensar International

  • GE Unveils the First Tier 4 Heavy-Haul Locomotive

    GE Transportation (NYSE: GE) today unveiled the prototype for its next Evolution® Series Locomotive that will decrease constituent emissions by more than 70 percent and save railroad customers more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure and operational costs1. GE expects that the locomotive will be the first in the industry to meet the U.S. Environmental ...


    By General Electric

  • Union Pacific railroad company to pay $1.5 million for clean water act violations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Union Pacific Railroad Company regarding alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act. This settlement resolves a Clean Water Act enforcement action against Union Pacific that involves continuing operations at 20 rail yards in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as spills of oil and coal in 2003 and ...

  • DuPont settles hazardous waste violations at Deepwater, N.J. Facility

    In settlement papers filed in federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DuPont) agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at the company’s wastewater treatment facility in Deepwater, N.J., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. DuPont also agreed to several improvements to its ...

  • GL updates rules for inland navigation vessels

    To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released an update to the GL Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels (INV). The update to the rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and consists of rules for: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements ...


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