The federal government does not require U.S. railroads to have comprehensive plans for a worst-case oil disasters, according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.
That means no one knows if the railways that carried 4.2 million barrels of crude oil through the state last year are prepared for a catastrophe.
A handful of factors – including a declining number of volunteer firefighter/first-responders and a lack of information – complicate planning efforts in rural states like Maine.
Read the story here.
Reporting on hazardous materials?
Get data from NICAR's recently updated hazardous materials database.
Listen to tips on covering hazmat pollution and using the NICAR database.