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FEDERAL REGULATORS TIGHTEN RAIL-SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

Federal regulators are enforcing rail-safety rules more stringently, issuing more alleged violations against Amtrak and freight carriers amid worries over shipping crude oil and hazardous chemicals, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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RAIL DEADLINE APPROACHING

Unable to comply with the looming Dec. 31 deadline for implementing positive train control, railroads are warning customers that they might stop rolling altogether-and soon, unless Congress gives them more time. Positive train control is a GPS-based train control system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments.

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EPA SAFETY RULES

New rules will prohibit children from handling pesticides and require farm workers to complete pesticide safety training more frequently, bolstering protections for 2 million U.S. farm laborers and their families, the EPA announced Monday.

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

 Check out Monday’s FarmWeek for stories on a farm safety effort by Carle Clinic, the latest on the Illinois state budget, and a preview on next Tuesday’s USDA reports.    

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RAIL SAFETY

Illinois is taking an aggressive approach to ensure railroad safety and with the railroad industry training local police and fire departments how to take care of train derailments, hazardous material spills and more. In a news conference at the Capitol Tuesday, state Rep. John Bradley, a Democrat from Marion, outlined rail safety efforts less than… read more

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TANK CAR RULES

U.S. and Canadian transportation regulators will issue tough new rules for railroads hauling crude oil and ethanol that require trains be equipped with faster-acting electronic brake systems. Tank cars will also need to be sturdier than current models, according to The Wall Street Journal report.

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GMO LABELING

Both the Washington Post and National Geographic have editorials saying GMO labeling is unnecessary. “Mandated labeling would deter the purchase of genetically modified (GM) food when the evidence calls for no such caution,” says today’s Washington Post. National Geographic in its March edition says “there’s no evidence that GMOs are harmful to human health.”

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DIFFERENT VIEWS

There are large differences between the public and scientists on a wide range of science-related topics, but the largest one is genetically modified foods. More than any other issue, the public and scientists had very different views about the safety of eating genetically modified (GM) foods. A majority of the general public (57%) says that… read more

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SAFETY COSTS

New tanker car safety rules issued by the government are expected to cost US customers $60 billion, and the ethanol industry $5.3 billion specifically; 2019 is expected to be the peak year.

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ANTIBIOTIC RULES

The White House has issued an executive order to create a plan to fight antibiotic resistance, a problem the Administration said is a “serious threat to public health and the economy.” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said any potential regulation should be flexible enough to protect the food supply, but also allow producers… read more

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