New rules are taking effect in Washington that require railroads to prove their readiness for an oil train spill.
The rules, adopted this week, will require railroads to file plans informing the state Department of Ecology of the steps they will take if an oil train derails and spills. The state then reviews those plans and puts railroads through drills to test their preparedness.
Spill planning was a longtime gap in oil train safety.
Railroads in Washington must now meet the same planning requirements as other forms of oil transport such as pipelines and ships.