Freight railroads say service could be halted unless safety technology deadline is extended

September 10, 2015 6:49 PM

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WASHINGTON – Freight railroads are warning they may halt certain toxic chemicals shipments and stop allowing passenger trains to use their tracks if Congress doesn't extend a looming deadline to start using certain safety technology.

The railroads say in letters to the Senate Commerce Committee that they won't have the technology in operation by Dec. 31, the deadline set by a 2008 rail safety law.

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