The mayor of tragedy-stricken Lac-Megantic, Que., is in the U.S. capital Tuesday pushing for regulatory changes in rail transportation.
Colette Roy Laroche says she doesn’t want other towns to suffer the same fate as hers.
She will tell a congressional panel about the train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people and destroyed her town centre last summer.
She’s in Washington with a group of mayors of towns situated along rail lines.
They’ve already met with the Obama administration and asked it to go farther, faster in forcing upgrades to the trains used to transport oil.
Now they’ll ask Congress to consider regulatory changes that would create more scrutiny for small rail lines, but also more access to insurance funds in the case of disaster.
They also want their first-responders to have more information about the cargo passing through their towns, unlike the case of Lac-Megantic where it’s only just become clear just how flammable its Bakken crude-oil cargo was.