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Ottawa not ready yet to divulge what dangerous cargo trains are carrying

September 26, 2013 - 5:29 AM

WINNIPEG - Ottawa isn't ready yet to tell municipalities exactly what dangerous cargo trains are carrying through their communities.

Provincial transport ministers meeting in Winnipeg want the federal government to require rail companies to be more transparent about the goods they carry.

They say local authorities want to know exactly what hazardous materials are being shipped.

Going into the meeting, federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says she's open to listening to the concerns of her provincial colleagues, but wouldn't commit to the idea.

Quebec Transportation Minister Sylvain Gaudreault says Ottawa must act quickly in the wake of the deadly derailment in Lac Megantic.

He says all provinces support tougher rail safety regulations and it's up to the federal government to respond.

Manitoba Transport Minister Steve Ashton says local authorities deserve to know exactly what cargo trains are carrying since their citizens are the first responders if a disaster strikes.

News from © The Canadian Press , 2013
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