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[justify]A group of environmental protection organizations [url=https://boingboing.net/2020/08/26/what-is-a-bomb-train-and-w.html]have sued President Donald Trump’s administration[/url] for trying to reduce the regulations on trains carrying extremely flammable materials. [/justify]
[justify]The result, the groups say, is a “bomb train” with enough explosive potential to level entire towns as it passes through.[/justify]
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The suing nonprofit Earthjustice makes the claim that just 22 train cars full of natural gas are explosive enough to rival the power of [url=https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a33337320/trinity-test-nuclear-bomb/]the bomb the U.S. government dropped on Hiroshima[/url]. If natural gas is that dangerous, how is it usually transported?
Rolling Stone [url=https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/bomb-trains-1046481/]reports[/url] the issue isn’t just for environmental groups—[url=https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/news documents/081820_LNG_by_Rail.pdf]over a quarter of U.S. states, plus Washington D.C.,[/url] are suing, too. The Attorneys General for those 15 total entities are listed in the suit, which “petition[s] this Court to review the United States Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s final agency action entitled ‘Hazardous Materials: Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail’.”
They say the new rule is not lawful in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The full text of the rule includes extensive details about how and with what safety measures the liquid natural gas (LNG) will be transported. There are technical specs for the layered tanks and all the required handling.
You could argue it seems adequate to the task of carrying LNG via rail, but the rail itself is the problem. Currently, natural gas is transported as a flow [url=https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/natural-gas/delivery-and-storage.php]through static pipelines[/url] for the longest distances possible and, like the roots of a tree, into smaller and smaller branches that eventually reach your home.
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