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Oil spills 'really a problem that Oregon is ill-equipped to deal with'

This aerial view provided by the Washington State Department of Ecology shows scattered and burned oil tank cars, Saturday, June 4, 2016, after the train derailed and burned near Mosier, Ore., Friday. Union Pacific Railroad says it had recently inspected the section of track near Mosier, about 70 miles east of Portland, and had been inspected at least six times since March 21. (Washington Department of Ecology via AP)

EUGENE, Ore. - Environmentalist groups are concerned about an Oregon House bill that failed to pass the most recent Legislative session.

House Bill 2131 would have required the Department of Environmental Quality to prepare emergency plans to follow in case of an oil spill on high hazard train routes.

“We’re risking not only our own health but the downstream health of all the things that are important to us, such as salmon, trout, frogs and other amphibians. It's really a problem that Oregon is ill-equipped to deal with these problems in an efficient and effective manner,” Lisa Arkin with Beyond Toxics said.

The bill would have also established the High Hazard Train Route Oil Spill Prevention Fund, which would fund response training and planning.

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