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Since the Valero Benicia Refinery submitted its Crude by Rail project to the City of Benicia for review in December 2012, additional rail safety regulations have been implemented at the federal and state levels. These new rail safety regulations are detailed in the City’s Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR). Among the many new provisions are:

  • Increased track inspections statewide. (RDEIR 2-77)
  • Upgraded braking systems, use of rail traffic routing technology, lower train speeds, increased emergency response trainings and planning for emergency response capabilities. (RDEIR 2-77 – 78)
  • Safety improvements in tank car design standards, a sampling and classification program for unrefined petroleum-based products, and notification requirements. (RDEIR 2-79)
  • Enhanced standards for both new and existing tank cars, more accurate classification of unrefined petroleum-based products and improved risk assessment and notification for rail routing. (RDEIR 2-80)

To learn more about the project:

For more information on rail safety, please view the following downloadable materials from Union Pacific Railroad or contact Liisa Stark, a representative from Union Pacific, by email or by phone at (916) 789-5957.

The Valero Benicia Refinery hosted a five-day emergency training for 160 first responders from throughout the region, including fifty members of the refinery’s fire department, ninety municipal firefighters from Benicia, Cordelia, Dixon, Fairfield, Vallejo, Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base, and 20 members of the Solano County Hazardous Materials Team. Video from this training can be found below: