OTTAWA, Jan. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, announced proposed regulatory amendments to further improve
the safety of the transportation of dangerous goods by rail. These
amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on January 11, 2014.
The proposed regulations will introduce new standards for certain rail
tank cars, replacing existing standards referenced in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. For example, it will require that new DOT 111 tank cars be built with
thicker steel requirements, as well as adding top fitting and head
shield protection to the tank car. DOT 111 tank cars are used for
transporting dangerous goods of high and medium danger, such as crude
Industry is already building new tank cars to this standard. This
proposed amendment turns previously agreed-to tank car standard
requirements into regulations. Transport Canada continues to work with
all stakeholders involved in tank car design, manufacturing and use as
well as our colleagues in the United States government to determine
what additional requirements would enhance the DOT 111 standard. These
could include further improving tank car design, or retrofitting,
repurposing or retiring older tank cars in the North American fleet.
This amendment will also enhance the classification regime for the
transport of dangerous goods. Specifically, it requires that the person
who classifies a dangerous good before transport keep a record of
classification of those goods, as well as a record of the sampling
method for crude oil.
Additionally, this proposed regulation adds requirements to the shipping
document. The proposed consignor's certification would appear on the
shipping document to certify that the person named on the shipping
document has prepared the consignment to the regulations that apply.
Stakeholders will have a 30-day consultation period to comment on the
proposed regulations before they are finalized and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
"The Government of Canada is committed to working with everyone involved
to look at every possible way to increase safety when dangerous goods
are transported by rail."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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