For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.155 (2) (h) of the statutes is created to read:
(h) Rail inspection, safety training, and response preparedness.
moneys received under s. 189.02 (8) for activities of the office of the commissioner of 4
railroads under s. 192.45 and for payments under s. 192.45 (2) (b).
189.02 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
The office shall employ rail safety inspectors who shall be 7
responsible for all of the following:
1. Inspection of mainline track, secondary track, railroad yard tracks, and 2
2. Inspection of railroad rights-of-way, including adjacent or intersecting 4
drainage, culverts, bridges, overhead structures, traffic crossings, and other public 5
3. Inspection of railroad yards and physical plants.
4. Review and enforcement of safety requirements.
5. Review of maintenance and repair records.
6. Review of railroad security measures.
(b) The office shall apply to and enter into agreements with the federal railroad 11
administration to participate in the federal state rail safety participation program 12
for training and certification of rail safety inspectors.
(c) A rail safety inspector who has been trained and certified in any of the 14
federal state rail safety participation program disciplines may perform the duties 15
relevant to that discipline.
(d) To the extent authorized by the federal railroad administration and the 17
office, rail safety inspectors may issue citations for violations of requirements under 18
chs. 190 to 192 that are punishable by forfeiture.
189.02 (8) of the statutes is created to read:
In addition to any assessment under s. 195.60, the office shall 21
annually assess each railroad corporation operating in this state a proportionate 22
share, based on route miles operated in this state, of the actual cost of the expenses 23
of the office under s. 192.45 and the payments under s. 192.45 (2) (b). The office shall 24
credit all moneys received under this subsection to the appropriation account under 25
s. 20.155 (2) (h).
192.45 of the statutes is created to read:
2192.45 Emergency prevention and response. (1)
Each railroad 3
corporation operating in this state shall submit to the department of natural 4
resources a prevention and response plan that does all of the following:
(a) Describes the measures taken to prevent discharges from occurring.
(b) Identifies the individual with authority to implement response actions.
(c) Identifies how communication and incident command relationships will be 8
established between the individual identified in par. (b) and all of the following:
1. Railroad employees who are responding to a discharge.
2. Federal, state, and local officials.
3. Other individuals providing emergency response equipment and personnel.
(d) Describes how the railroad corporation will ensure adequate equipment and 13
personnel will be provided if there is a discharge.
(e) Contains copies of contracts, correspondence, and other documents in 15
support of the description provided in par. (d).
(f) Describes the actions that will be taken by the individuals identified in par. 17
(c) if there is a discharge.
(g) Describes the training and equipment testing that will be provided to 19
ensure that the persons identified in par. (c) are prepared to respond to a discharge.
(a) Each railroad corporation operating in this state shall provide training 21
to each fire department having jurisdiction along the route upon which the railroad 22
corporation's trains operate that addresses all of the following:
1. Response preparedness related to derailments, discharge incidents, and 24
spills involving trains carrying oil or other hazardous substances.
2. The general hazards of oil and hazardous substances.
3. Techniques to assess hazards to the environment, individuals responding to 2
a discharge, and the public.
4. Factors a local incident commander must consider in responding to a 4
(b) From the appropriation under s. 20.155 (2) (h), the office shall make 6
payments to fire departments to cover the following expenses relating to training 7
provided under this subsection:
1. Actual training costs.
2. Purchase, maintenance, and replacement of gear and equipment.
3. Supplies procured for training or for gear and equipment.
4. Costs associated with emergency planning.
(c) The office shall prioritize the allocation of funds under par. (b) based on the 13
1. Training needs of fire departments.
2. Risk to the community.
3. Balanced distribution of funds through the state.
Each railroad corporation required to comply with subs. (1) and (2) (a) shall 18
complete the requirements of subs. (1) and (2) (a) within one year after the effective 19
date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date], and once every 3 years thereafter.
Each railroad corporation operating in this state shall communicate at least 21
once annually with the emergency manager of each county and city and the senior 22
fire officer of each fire department having jurisdiction along the route upon which 23
the railroad corporation's trains operate to coordinate emergency response activities.
In the event of a discharge, the railroad corporation operating the train that 25
discharged material shall do all of the following:
(a) Within one hour of confirmation of a discharge, provide a qualified railroad 2
employee to advise the local incident commander.
(b) Within 3 hours of confirmation of a discharge, deliver monitoring equipment 4
and a trained operator to assist in the protection of responders and the public.
(c) Within 3 hours of confirmation of a discharge, deliver qualified personnel 6
to assess the discharge and advise the local incident commander.
(d) Within 8 hours of confirmation of a discharge, deliver equipment capable 8
of containing 10 percent of the discharge.
(e) Within 60 hours of confirmation of a discharge, deliver equipment capable 10
of containing 100 percent of the discharge.
The office shall plan and coordinate activities necessary to carry out the 12
purposes of this section, including rail safety inspection.
299.67 of the statutes is created to read:
14299.67 Safety requirements for railroads.
The department shall do all of 15
Assist the office of the commissioner of railroads in providing training on 17
the general hazards of oil and hazardous substances, as required under s. 192.45 (2) 18
Assist the office of the commissioner of railroads in conducting emergency 20
preparedness drills and training.
Assist railroad corporations in identifying measures to prevent 22
Conduct inspections and drills as necessary to ensure railroad corporation 24
preparedness to prevent environmental pollution.
Review prevention and response plans submitted to the department under 2
s. 192.45 (1).
778.25 (1) (a) 9. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 9. Under chs. 190 to 192.
(1) Rail inspectors.
The authorized FTE positions for the office of the 7
commissioner of railroads, funded from the appropriation under section 20.155 (2) 8
(h) of the statutes, are increased by 4.0 PR positions for the purpose of increasing the 9
number of rail safety inspector positions.
(2) Report on response preparedness.
No later than January 15, 2017, the 11
office of the commissioner of railroads shall submit to the appropriate standing 12
committees of the legislature under section 13.172 (3) of the statutes a report that 13
includes all of the following:
(a) The emergency preparedness response framework within the state relating 15
to incidents involving oil and other hazardous materials transported by rail.
(b) An assessment of the training needs of fire departments and first 17
responders to respond to discharges or spills involving oil and other hazardous 18
materials transported by rail, including the estimated cost to provide such training 19
and benchmarks for assessing training needs in the future.
(c) An inventory of public and private resources for responding to a spill or 21
discharge, including response equipment, equipment staging locations, mutual aid 22
agreements, and the capacities across industries involved in the transportation and 23
storage of oil and other hazardous materials.
(d) Information on the amount assessed under section 189.02 (8) of the statutes 25
and an explanation of how that assessment was calculated.
(e) Recommendations for long-range incident preparedness related to oil and 2
other hazardous materials.
(f) Recommendations for proposed legislative changes.
(3) Evaluation of response preparedness funding.
No later than November 5
1, 2017, the office of the commissioner of railroads shall submit to the appropriate 6
standing committees of the legislature under section 13.172 (3) of the statutes a 7
report that includes all of the following:
(a) An update to the initial report of response preparedness that identifies 9
(b) An evaluation of the effectiveness of training using the benchmarks 11
identified in the initial report of response preparedness.
(c) Identification of current sources of funds, funding levels, and funding needs 13
for response preparedness activities.
(d) Analysis of equity in the distribution of funding sources for preparedness 15
activities, including an examination of the public-private partnership financing 16
model and a review of balance across industries involved in storage and distribution 17
of oil and other hazardous materials.
(e) Recommendations for proposed legislative changes.
(4) Report by the department of transportation.
No later than November 1, 20
2017, the secretary of transportation shall submit to the appropriate standing 21
committees of the legislature under section 13.172 (3) of the statutes a report that 22
includes all of the following:
(a) Information that assists in risk management associated with 24
transportation of oil and other hazardous materials by rail.
(b) Criteria for prioritizing needs and improvements of at-grade crossings.
(c) Recommendations for safety improvements.
(d) Analysis of state rail inspection activities.