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Dayton talks rail safety at roundtable

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Aug 12, 2014 at 5:05 am

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he's concerned there isn't one state agency or official in charge of making long term projections and recommendations related to oil car traffic on Minnesota freight lines.

Dayton hinted Monday he might designate such a coordinator soon. He aired the concern during the first of several Minnesota roundtables on oil train safety convened by his administration.

Discussion focused on keeping freight lines operating safely, efficiently and with as little disruption as possible as more oil from North Dakota crosses the state.

Administration and local leaders talked about preparedness efforts and quality-of-life concerns. Dayton says a boom in oil trains has crowded out grain and coal cars, frustrating farmers and utilities.

New state laws impose more inspections and training for possible emergencies from the volatile freight.

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