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Wilson calls for action following TSB report

MP says transportation minister must act 'to safeguard our community, the environment and employees'

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MP Blair Wilson is calling on federal Transportation Minister Lawrence Canon to take immediate action following Wednesday’s release of the Transportation Safety Board’s report on the 2005 CN train derailment in the Cheakamus Canyon.

“The Cheakamus spill devastated the aquatic life in the Cheakamus, a fishing site renowned with locals and tourists alike, causing major harm to the environment, the economy and our quality of life,” Wilson said in a release.

“The Government of Canada must take regulatory action to ensure the Cheakamus spill will not happen again.”

The August, 2005 derailment resulted in 40,000 litres of caustic soda being spilled into the Cheakamus River. The accident is estimated to have killed more than 500,000 fish.

The TSB report found that improper training, faulty technology and incorrect assembly of the train were major factors that led to the accident.

“Now that the TSB has released its report, the Minister of Transport must take immediate action to safeguard our community, the environment and the employees of CN Rail,” Wilson said.

Last year Transport Canada ordered CN Rail to make changes to the length and loading of trains traveling the former BC Rail line between North Vancouver and Whistler.

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