Article 7.5. Hazardous Materials Transportation By Rail of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 4. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 7.5.
The Legislature finds and declares that the purpose of this
article is to protect the health and safety of the public and to
improve the safety of transporting hazardous materials by rail.
For purposes of this article, "hazardous material" means
either of the following:
(a) A hazardous material, as defined in Section 171.8 of Title 49
of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(b) A hazardous material, as defined in Section 25501 of the
Health and Safety Code.
Any railroad corporation which is involved in an incident
resulting in a release, or threatened release, of a hazardous
material shall immediately report the type and extent of the release
or threatened release in the manner specified in Section 25507 of the
Health and Safety Code.
Each railroad corporation which transports hazardous
materials in the state shall do all of the following:
(a) Provide a system map of the state to the Office of Emergency
Services and to the Public Utilities Commission, showing practical
groupings of mileposts on the system and showing mileposts of
stations, terminals, junction points, road crossings, and the
locations of natural gas and liquid pipelines in railroad
(b) Annually submit to the Office of Emergency Services a copy of
a publication which identifies emergency handling guidelines for the
surface transportation of hazardous materials, except that if the
railroad corporation is classified as a class I carrier by the
Interstate Commerce Commission pursuant to Subpart A of Part 1201 of
Subchapter C of Chapter X of the Code of Federal Regulations, the
railroad corporation shall annually submit to the Office of Emergency
Services 50 copies of this publication which the agency shall make
available to the Public Utilities Commission and local administering
agencies and to other response agencies. These guidelines shall not
be considered comprehensive instructions for the handling of any
(c) If there is a train incident resulting in a release or an
overturned railcar or an impact which threatens a release of a
hazardous material, provide the emergency response agency with all of
the following information:
(1) A list of each car in the train and the order of the cars.
(2) The contents of each car, if loaded, in the train.
(3) Identification of the cars and contents in the train which are
involved in the incident, including, but not limited to, those cars
which have derailed.
(4) Emergency handling procedures for each hazardous material
transported in or on the involved cars of the train.