North Dakota's Republican legislative leaders say a safety program aimed at lowering the risk of derailments is redundant and could be eliminated.
The Fargo Forum reports House Majority Leader Al Carlson and his Senate counterpart, Rich Wardner, say the pilot program duplicates federal and industry inspections programs.

Mr. Wardner says, "I think it will run its course, and when it's done, my gut feeling is we won't re-up it."

Republican Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak made the rail safety program her campaign platform, and she continues to defend it.


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