DOT agencies take coordinated actions to increase crude-by-rail safety ///

Perhaps the most significant, extensive changes in crude-by-rail transportation were made on May 1, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and its agencies, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The changes are contained in a “final rule” for “the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail.” Developed in coordination with Canadian authorities, the final rule focuses on safety improvements that are designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident, and support emergency response. “Our close collaboration with Canada on new tank car standards is recognition that the trains moving unprecedented amounts of crude by rail are not U.S. or Canadian tank cars, they are part of a North American fleet, and a shared safety challenge,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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