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PUBLIC LAW 102-365—SEPT. 3, 1992 106 STAT. 981 provided in subsection (a)(1) or (2), the Secretary may use anv other source to obtain such data, but the use of such data shall be subject to public notice and the opportunity for written comment, (c) EFFECTIVE DATE.—This section shall apply only to the establishment or modification of a monetary damage threshold occurring after the date of enactment of this Act. SEC. 16. REPORT ON THE SAFETY OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS 49 USC app. TRANSPORTATION BY RAIL. 1804 note. Within one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives regarding issues presented by the transportation by rail of hazardous materials. The report shall include the following information: (1) For the years 1989, 1990, 1991, and, to the extent available, 1992, relevant data concerning each unintentional release of hazardous materials resulting from rail transportation accidents, including the location of each such release, the probable cause or causes of each such release, and the enects (2) For the years 1989, 1990, 1991, and, to the extent available, 1992, a summary of relevant data concerning unintentional releases of hazardous materials resulting from rail transportation incidents. (3) A description of current regulations governing hazardous materials rail car placement (including buffer cars), and an evaluation of their adequacy in light of experience and emerging traffic and commodity patterns, (4) An assessment of regulations, rules, orders, or standards that address rail operations or procedures associated with carry- ing hazardous materials on rights-of-way having significant grades or high degrees of curvature. (5) An assessment of the effectiveness and associated costs of requiring deployment of wayside bearing failure detectors for trains carrying hazardous materials. (6) An assessment of rail tank car rules, regulations, orders, or standards affecting hazardous materials transportation. (7) The status of all planned or pending regulatory activities of the Secretary (including the status of all regulations required by statute) that seek to address the safe transportation of hazardous materials by reiil, and the status of rail hazardous materials enforcement activities. (8) Such other information as the Secretary determines relevant to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail. SEC. 17. REPORT ON TRAIN DISPATCHING OFFICES. 45 USC 431 note. Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transmit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Treuisportation of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report concerning any action that has been taken by the Secretary and the railroad industry to rectify any continuing problems associated with unsatisfactory workplace environments in certain train dispatching offices identified in the National Train Dispatcher Safety Assessment for 1987-1988, published by the Federal Railroad Administration in July 1990. The report shall include rec-