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HazMat By Rail Safety in California

In January 2014, the Governor's Office convened a Rail Safety Working Group (AKA - Interagency Rail Safety Working Group) to examine safety concerns and recommend actions the State of California and others should take in response to the emerging risk posed by increased shipments of crude oil by rail into California. The Group published a Preliminary Findings and Recommendations report on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. 

The Working Group includes representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission, California Office of Emergency Services, California Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Energy Commission, California Natural Resources Agency, California Office of the State Fire Marshal, Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, and Office of Spill Prevention and Response.

​Cal OES Hazardous Materials Section Involvement

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has a long history of meeting the challenge of responding to major events, whether it involves earthquakes, fires, flooding, drought or hazardous material spills. The mission of Cal OES is: "We protect lives and property, build capabilities, and support our communities for a resilient California." This mission is achieved by serving the public through effective collaboration in preparing for, protection against, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating the impacts of all hazards and threats. Today, there is a new vulnerability to California in the way of HazMat by rail.

Historically oil has come into California by marine vessels. California is the third-biggest refining state in the United States and is expecting a huge increase of oil by rail from places such as Canada and North Dakota. There has been a dramatic increase in oil by rail coming into California. From 2012 to 2013, the State realized an increase of approximately five million barrels of oil by rail, with current projections estimating the increases to reach 150 million barrels annually. Recent reports indicate that the Western United States may bring 500,000 barrels of light oil by rail a day. The increase in transporting this highly flammable "light" crude oil by rail from Bakken Shale production area will result in raising the threat to Californians and our environment by increased risk of hazardous material derailments, explosions, fires, accidental releases, and the potential for crimes and terrorist acts.

In 2015, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 84:

  • Creating the Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Force in Cal OES, consisting of stakeholders
  • Authorizing the Force as being responsible for providing regional and onsite response capabilities in the event of a release of hazardous materials from a railcar or a railroad accident involving a railcar designated to transport hazardous material commodities
  • Requiring Cal OES, in consultation with stakeholders, to develop a state regional railroad accident preparedness and immediate response plan that would be an annex to the State Emergency Plan
  • Requiring the Force and the Department of Fish and Wildlife/Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) to coordinate in their respective authorities and responsibilities to avoid any duplication of effort, ensure cooperation, and promote the sharing of information regarding the risk of discharge of petroleum by rail into state waters
  • Requiring the Cal OES Director to establish a schedule of fees to be paid by a person owning any of the 25 most hazardous material commodities that are transported by rail in California
  • Requiring the Cal OES Director to create an industry advisory committee to advise the director on setting the fee and other policy matters
  • Requiring every person who operates a railroad that transports hazardous materials by railcar to register with the board and to remit the fees to the board pursuant to the Fee Collection Procedures Law
  • Creating the Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Fund

The Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response law was chaptered into the Emergency Services Act found in the Government Code Title 2. Division 1. Chapter 7. Article 3.9.

The Cal OES, Fire and Rescue Division, Hazardous Materials Section will keep tabs on this ever expanding field and provide Safety Alerts, Emergency Orders, and general information for our stakeholders.

For more detailed information see below or please contact Thomas E. Campbell, Deputy Chief Hazardous Materials Section:

Phone: (916) 845-8751

Email: larry.collins@caloes.ca.gov

​Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness & Immediate Response Fund (RRAPIRF) Advisory Committee

​Advises the Cal OES Director on setting the fee and other policy matters for generating funding for the Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Fund.

The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act of 1967 applies to meetings of the Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Fund (RRAPIRF) Advisory Committee, which are open to the public. A guide to this act can be found at the following link.

 

 

Draft RRAPIR In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Minutes 5-20-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Draft RRAPIR In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Minutes 5-20-16.pdfDraft RRAPIR In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Minutes 5-20-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee7/19/2016 8:50:42 PM
In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Agenda 5-20-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Agenda 5-20-16.pdfIn-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Agenda 5-20-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee7/19/2016 2:13:23 PM
In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Agenda 8-2-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Agenda 8-2-16.pdfIn-Kind Contribution Subcommittee Agenda 8-2-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - In-Kind Contribution Subcommittee7/19/2016 2:14:41 PM
DRAFT Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Regulations - 4-18-2016http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Draft Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Regs - 4-18-16.pdfDRAFT Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Regulations - 4-18-2016HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - April 18 20164/19/2016 5:16:19 PM
Fee Revenue Charthttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Fee Revenue Chart.pdfFee Revenue ChartHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - April 18 20164/19/2016 5:16:28 PM
HMBR Exercise Synopsis 4-18-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/HMBR Exercise Synopsis 4-18-16.pdfHMBR Exercise Synopsis 4-18-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - April 18 20164/19/2016 5:16:49 PM
Haz Mat Unit Assignments Maphttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Haz Mat Unit Assignments Map.pdfHaz Mat Unit Assignments MapHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - April 18 20164/20/2016 7:04:42 PM
RRAPIRF Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 4-18-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/RRAPIRF Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 4-18-16.pdfRRAPIRF Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 4-18-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - April 18 20165/23/2016 3:03:39 PM
April 18, 2016 Public Notice - Agendahttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/RRAPIRFAC Public Notice - Agenda 20160418.pdfApril 18, 2016 Public Notice - AgendaHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - April 18 20164/19/2016 5:16:58 PM
March 8, 2016 Public Notice - Meeting Minuteshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/RRAPIRF Approved Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 3-8-16.pdfMarch 8, 2016 Public Notice - Meeting MinutesHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - March 8 20164/19/2016 5:17:09 PM
March 8, 2016 Public Notice - Agendahttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/RRAPIRFAC Public Notice - Agenda 20160308.pdfMarch 8, 2016 Public Notice - AgendaHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - March 8 20164/19/2016 5:17:18 PM
May 17, 2016 Public Notice - Agendahttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/RRAPIRFAC Public Notice - Agenda 20160517.pdfMay 17, 2016 Public Notice - AgendaHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - May 17 20165/3/2016 10:50:41 PM
Top 100 Hazardous Material Commoditieshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Top 100 Hazardous Material Commodities.pdfTop 100 Hazardous Material CommoditiesHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - May 17 20165/23/2016 3:05:34 PM
Top 25 Hazardous Material Commoditieshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Top 25 Hazardous Material Commodities.pdfTop 25 Hazardous Material CommoditiesHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings - May 17 20165/17/2016 11:31:54 PM
June 9, 2016 Public Notice Agendahttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/June 9, 2016 Public Notice Agenda.pdfJune 9, 2016 Public Notice AgendaHazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Meetings – June 9, 20165/27/2016 10:49:48 PM
RRAPIRFAC Membershttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/RRAPIRFAC Members.pdfRRAPIRFAC MembersRegional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Fund Advisory Committee Members - Revised April 12, 2016HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Members5/11/2016 3:36:40 PM
Draft Training Subcommittee Meeting Minutes - 05-26-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Draft RRAPIR Training Sub-committee Meeting Minutes for 5-26-16.pdfDraft Training Subcommittee Meeting Minutes - 05-26-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Training Subcommittee7/22/2016 5:55:43 PM
Training Subcommittee Meeting Public Notice Agenda - 08-02-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/RRAPIRFAC Public Notice - Agenda 20160802.pdfTraining Subcommittee Meeting Public Notice Agenda - 08-02-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Training Subcommittee7/22/2016 5:55:14 PM
Training Subcommittee Meeting Public Notice Agenda - 5-26-16http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Training Subcommittee PN 5-26-16.pdfTraining Subcommittee Meeting Public Notice Agenda - 5-26-16HazMat - HazMat by Rail - RRAPIRF - Training Subcommittee7/22/2016 5:55:33 PM
IRSWG - Oil By Rail Safety in Californiahttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/IRSWG-Oil By Rail Safety in California.pdfIRSWG - Oil By Rail Safety in CaliforniaInteragency Rail Safety Working Group Preliminary Findings and Recommendations - Oil By Rail Safety in California - June 10, 2014HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Reports5/11/2016 3:36:14 PM
Top 25 Chemicalshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Top 25 Chemicals.pdfTop 25 ChemicalsTop 25 chemicals transported by rail in the Unites States. From the American Association of Railroads (AAR) Annual Report of Hazmat 2013.HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Reports3/29/2016 11:06:53 PM
March 13, 2015 - Updated Gap Analysis for Hazardous Material Transport by Rail in Californiahttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Updated_Gap_Analysis_for_Rail_in_California-20150313.pdfMarch 13, 2015 - Updated Gap Analysis for Hazardous Material Transport by Rail in CaliforniaUpdated Gap Analysis for Hazardous Material Transport by Rail in CaliforniaHazMat - HazMat by Rail - Reports5/11/2016 3:36:22 PM

 

 

Cal OES Type II HazMat Apparatushttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/4-25-16 Placement of Cal OES Type II HazMat Apparatus.pdfCal OES Type II HazMat ApparatusPlacement of Cal OES Type II HazMat ApparatusHazMat - HazMat by Rail - HazMat Vehicles Program5/11/2016 3:37:02 PM
Cal OES Fire and Rescue Type II HazMat Vehicle Announcementhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Cal OES Fire Rescue Type II Hazmat Vehicle Announcment1.pdfCal OES Fire and Rescue Type II HazMat Vehicle AnnouncementAnnouncement regarding the development of a Regional Hazardous Material Response Program and the distribution of Type II HazMat Response Vehicles. - February 10, 2016HazMat - HazMat by Rail - HazMat Vehicles Program5/11/2016 3:37:09 PM
Cal OES Type II HazMat Vehicle Transfer Agreement DRAFThttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Draft Type II Hazmat Vehicle Transfer Agreement 20160119.pdfCal OES Type II HazMat Vehicle Transfer Agreement DRAFTDRAFT document regarding the Assignment of Equipment and Agreement for Temporary Transfer of Vehicular Equipment - Type II HazMat - DRAFTHazMat - HazMat by Rail - HazMat Vehicles Program5/11/2016 3:37:16 PM
BNSF - Crude Oil Transport in California by Countyhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/BNSF-Crude Oil Transport in California-Restricted.pdfBNSF - Crude Oil Transport in California by CountyBNSF Railroad's Crude Oil Transport in California by County - March 11, 2015HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Notifications5/11/2016 3:37:28 PM
BNSF - 1st Letter to Cal OEShttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/BNSF-Letter to CalOES-Unrestricted1.pdfBNSF - 1st Letter to Cal OESBNSF Railroad's initial notification to California regarding US DOT Emergency Order - June 9, 2014HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Notifications5/11/2016 3:37:36 PM
BNSF - 2nd Letter to Cal OEShttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/BNSF-Letter to CalOES-Unrestricted2.pdfBNSF - 2nd Letter to Cal OESBNSF Railroad's updated notification to California regarding US DOT Emergency Order - June 17, 2014HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Notifications5/11/2016 3:37:43 PM
BNSF - 3rd Letter to Cal OEShttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/BNSF-Letter to CalOES-Unrestricted3.pdfBNSF - 3rd Letter to Cal OESBNSF Railroad notification to California regarding US DOT Emergency Order - September 30, 2014HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Notifications5/11/2016 3:37:50 PM
Cal OES - Letter to BNSF regarding Non-Disclosure Agreementhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/CalOES-Letter to BNSF Regarding Nondisclosure.pdf Cal OES - Letter to BNSF regarding Non-Disclosure AgreementCal OES letter to BNSF regarding request for California to sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding Bakken Crude notifications - June 6, 2014HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Notifications5/11/2016 3:37:58 PM
Union Pacific - Letter to Cal OEShttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/UP-Letter to CalOES.pdfUnion Pacific - Letter to Cal OESInitial notification letter from Union Pacific Railroad to Cal OES regarding US DOT Emergency Order - May 5, 2014HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Notifications5/11/2016 3:38:05 PM
Union Pacific Bakken Oil letter June 3, 2014http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Union Pacific Bakken Oil letter June 3, 2014.pdfUnion Pacific Bakken Oil letter June 3, 2014HazMat - HazMat by Rail - Notifications8/8/2016 9:26:41 PM

 

 

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