April 23: Rail Safety Changes Announced

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Transport Canada announced actions to address the TSB’s initial recommendations from the ongoing investigation into the Lac-Mégantic 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 don’t meet the standard published in Jan. 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 ERAPs for crude oil, gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and ethanol
  • Create a task force to strengthen emergency response capacity across the country
  • Require railway companies to reduce the speed of trains carrying dangerous goods and implement other key operating practices.