Opinion

July 3, 2014

On oil trains, state fights for public’s right to know

Kudos to the state Emergency Response Commission for defending the public’s right to know about trains carrying highly flammable crude oil passing through Washington. Our state is one of those that rebuffed the railroads’ attempt to hide this information. We often criticize state of Washington officials for reluctance toward open government policies, but in this case the ERC of the state Emergency Management Division – comprised of representatives from private industry, state and local agencies – told the railroads to take a hike.

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