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Analysis: Latest DOT oil train safety regulations unlikely to be effective

(Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, May 8, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. ó Knowing these trains are coming might help the local fire and police departments prepare, but unless these local emergency teams get better equipment to deal with these fires, itís unclear how much good any advance notice will do. And considering how frequently these trains are crisscrossing the country, you canít evacuate town every time an oil train rumbles through. Also, the DOTís safety advisory urging the use of better tank cars is a weaker step than what Canadian regulators did two weeks ago, when they aggressively moved to phase out all DOT-111s from hauling crude within three years.

Full story: Bloomberg Businessweek

Friday, May 09, 2014

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