Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canada Announces Rail Safety Actions

Canada's Minister of Transport, The Honourable Lisa Raitt, today announced actions to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's initial recommendations regarding the ongoing investigation into the Lac-M├ęgantic train derailment. Effective immediately, Transport Canada will:
  • Issue a Protective Direction removing the least crash-resistant DOT-111 tank cars from dangerous goods service;
  • Require DOT-111 tank cars used to transport crude oil and ethanol that do not meet the standard published in January 2014 in Canada Gazette, Part I, or any other future standard, to be phased out or refitted within three years;
  • Issue a Protective Direction requiring Emergency Response Assistance Plans for crude oil, gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, and ethanol;
  • Create a task force that brings stakeholders such as municipalities, first responders, railways and shippers together to strengthen emergency response capacity across the country; and
  • Require railway companies to reduce the speed of trains carrying dangerous goods and implement other key operating practices.
Source: Government of Canada

Update 4/24/2014 Rail industry responds to Canada on oil rules

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