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Railroads Call for Additional Safety Improvements, Aggressive Phase out of Older Cars

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The Association of American Railroads is calling for safety improvements to oil tank cars. Here is what they propose:
•Increase federal tank car design standards for new cars, or retrofit existing cars to include:

  • an outer steel jacket around the tank car and thermal protection,
  • full-height head shields,
  • and high-flow capacity pressure relief valves;

•Require additional safety upgrades to those tank cars built since 2011, including:

  • installation of high-flow-capacity relief valves, and
  • design modifications to prevent bottom outlets from opening in the case of an accident;

•Aggressively phase out older-model tank cars used to move flammable liquids that cannot be retrofitted to meet new federal requirements, and eliminate the option for rail shippers to classify a flammable liquid with a flash point between 100 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit as a combustible liquid.
The complete document can be found here.

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