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Bill to help first responders in Bakken oil incidents stalls in Congress

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Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio

An emergency preparedness bill that would investigate the best way for local first responders to react to a railroad crude oil spill is on hold in Congress.

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The Response Act would form a panel to decide the best way to respond to a rail tanker incident involving North Dakota Bakken crude oil. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., said the bill is needed in Wisconsin, since Bakken oil is transported across 18 counties about 45 times a week.

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