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Update on rail tank car safety

Canada’s railways believe that more stringent tank car standards are essential to improving the safety of transporting dangerous goods by rail. In addition, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) believes that new tank car requirements and regulations must be harmonized between Canada and the United States, to ensure the safety of cross-border shipments.

RAC, shippers and manufacturers are currently in consultation with Transport Canada (TC) about tank car improvements and design. The RAC has submitted comments to TC on the retrofit and retirement of pre-2011 DOT-111 rail tank cars. In addition, the RAC has filed comments with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, through its membership on the Association of American Railroads’ Tank Car Committee.

Canada’s railways take safety very seriously. Because of our common carrier obligation, we are required to move dangerous goods by law under the Canada Transportation Act.

RAC and its members have called for all non-pressurized dangerous goods tank cars to be built or retrofitted to meet enhanced design requirements (i.e. improved head shields, thicker steel and protected fittings), or be phased out. We believe that new or upgraded tank cars are the best investments that can be made to enhance safety, while moving goods that are essential to Canadians.



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Alex Paterson
Railway Association of Canada

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