OTTAWA, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Chemistry Industry Association of
Canada (CIAC) applauds today's directive by Transport Minister Lisa
Raitt, requiring rail companies to share information with
municipalities about the nature and volume of dangerous goods being
moved through their communities. CIAC was also pleased that Transport
Canada chose to highlight the association's Responsible Care® initiative, in a backgrounder accompanying today's announcement.
"Transportation safety is a top priority for Canada's chemistry
industry," said Richard Paton, CIAC's President and CEO. "And our
members see information-sharing as essential to safety."
Through Responsible Care® - the association's U.N.-recognized
sustainability initiative - CIAC's members commit to choosing the
safest mode, route and carrier possible to move their products. They
also work with their transportation partners to promote the safe
handling of dangerous goods, and to ensure that first-responders are
informed about what is being shipped through their communities.
CIAC members already go above and beyond Canadian laws related to the
transportation of dangerous goods, and remain committed to working with
governments, transportation partners and communities to further enhance
safety, and to ensure that Canada has the strongest transportation
safety standards in the world. However, as decision-makers consider who
should pay in the aftermath of a catastrophic event such as the
Lac-Mégantic, Que. disaster, CIAC urges the federal government to
carefully weigh the implications for safety if liability were to be
shifted away from railways.
"Railways - like all carriers - are responsible for risk management, and
for upholding the standards and operating procedures around the
transportation of dangerous goods," said Paton.
"We need to make sure that they continue to assume that responsibility,
and to do everything possible to ensure the safe transportation of
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada is the voice of Canada's
$47-billion chemistry sector. CIAC represents the interests of Canada's
leading chemistry companies - from petrochemical, inorganic and
specialty chemical producers, to bio-based manufacturers and
chemistry-related technology and R&D companies. Canada's chemistry
industry employs 87,000 Canadians directly, and supports another
435,000 jobs in the Canadian economy.
To learn more about Responsible Care®, visit www.canadianchemistry.ca/responsiblecare.
SOURCE: Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
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