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Published on Energy Guardian.

Even as crude oil train derailments stay in the headlines, lawmakers eager to push bills to boost crude-by-rail safety ought to step back and let federal agencies do their job, a former administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says.

“I think the federal agencies that are responsible for hazardous material safety have about all the authority and tools they need to have,” Brigham McCown told EnergyGuardian in an interview.

“They would be more effective, frankly, if Congress would leave them alone and allow them to be the regulators. They’re the experts, not the Hill,” he added.