Capital BriefsChemical companies, utilities and government bodies should use safer technologies to lower the risk of terrorism or the unintended release of hazardous materials, according to a resolution recently introduced in the Legislature.
Some toxic substances used by towns can be replaced with safer alternatives, according to the resolution, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Scotch Plains) and state Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Linden).
They cited bleach as an example. While some types of bleach use chlorine, which can pose dangers when transported by rail, others do not use the substance.
ÂWe need to ensure the continued safety of our rail arteries and of the areas surrounding them,Â Scutari said.
Stender referred to a deadly train derailment in Illinois, in which a tank containing ethanol burst into flames.
ÂWe need to raise awareness of the dangers associated with shipping chemicals by rail and do all that we can to encourage the use of safer technologies at chemical sites and water utilities,Â she said.i