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FRA and PHMSA Issue Safety Advisory on Tank Cars Used to Transport Crude Oil by Rail

Posted in on Fri, May 23, 2014

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have published a Notice of Safety Advisory to those who transport in tank cars by rail in commerce to, from or within the US, a bulk quantity of UN 1267, petroleum crude oil, Class 3, that originates in or is sourced from the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin.  The advisory encourages additional precautionary measures to enhance the safe shipment of bulk Bakken crude oil by rail.  Carriers are encouraged to use railroad tank car designs with the highest level of integrity reasonably available within their fleet for shipment of these hazardous materials by rail in interstate commerce and to avoid the use of older, legacy DOT Specification 111 or CTC 111 tank cars to the extent reasonably practicable.  For more info, contact Karl Alexy, Staff Director, FRA Hazardous Materials Division, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, telephone (202) 493-6245 or Charles Betts, Director, Standards and Rulemaking Division, telephone (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-13/html/2014-10914.htm

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