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State moves to improve safety in transporting oil by rail
State moves to improve safety in transporting oil by rail

A year after rail tanker cars carrying crude oil in Canada exploded and killed 47 people, California is stepping up efforts to prevent a similar disaster on tracks crisscrossing the state. In recent weeks, the state began pumping more money into a new rail safety program, the Legislature approved new fees on oil being carried by train, and the state's Fish and Wildlife Department started planning how to better protect inland waterways from oil spills. "We have a clear and present risk to Californians right now from potential spills," said Chuck Bonham, Fish and Wildlife director. "We're moving fast per the Legislature to best prepare California for that...

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