ALMA (WKOW) – Senator Tammy Baldwin says first responders need more training after two train derailments in two days in Wisconsin over the weekend.
Baldwin toured the derailment site in Alma, in western Wisconsin, on Thursday. Nearly 17,000 gallons of ethanol spilled into the Mississippi River when the train derailed last Saturday.
Baldwin says one of the rail safety reforms she's been fighting for over the past two years is letting first responders know what a train is carrying in case it does derail.
“Providing real time information in the event of a derailment tragedy, it empowers our local first responders an opportunity to come in with the right equipment, the right plans, the right knowledge, and that's not happening right now,” said Baldwin (D-Wisconsin). “And in my mind that is not acceptable.”
The Environmental Protection Agency says the water will be tested throughout the winter to determine if more actions are needed after the derailment, which is still under investigation.