Arcuri introduces amendment to investigate safety risks of NYRI power line

CHENANGO COUNTY – An amendment introduced by Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-Utica) that would require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to evaluate the safety of running high-voltage power lines along railroad tracks will go to vote in the House of Representatives today.

The revision was accepted Monday night in the House Rules Committee, of which Arcuri is a member.

If passed, the amendment – which was crafted in response to the recent train derailment in Oneida and the yet-to-be-approved New York Regional Interconnect Inc. power line proposal – would revise the Rail & Public Transportation Security Act. Listed as bill H.R. 1401, the alteration would require homeland security and the U.S. Department of Transportation to assess the possible “vulnerabilities” of erecting a high-voltage direct current transmission line (such as">NYRI’s) on railroad right of ways, Arcuri’s office reported.

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