OTTAWA, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's railway industry welcomes the
Minister of Transport's announcement of a Protective Direction under
section 32 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, requiring the disclosure to designated Emergency Planning Official of each
municipality through which dangerous goods are transported by rail, with yearly aggregate information on the nature and volume of dangerous
"Railways in Canada have always shared information about dangerous goods with communities and we support the formalization of information sharing with municipal
partners and first responders across Canada," said Railway Association of Canada President and CEO Michael Bourque. "Railways have excellent
relationships with first responders and we are anxious to help them
develop effective and realistic emergency response plans and to be
capable of reacting if an incident were to occur."
Through various programs, including the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER®) initiative, we work together to ensure municipal emergency
planners and responders are properly trained to work with industry
experts and qualified contractors in developing emergency response
plans. In 2012, the RAC Dangerous Goods team conducted more than 75 TRANSCAER® events in Canada involving some
1100 participants, and those numbers are set to double in 2013. Other
initiatives, such as Operation Lifesaver, further aim to improve safety in communities across Canada.
A remarkable 99.9977 per cent of all rail dangerous goods shipments
reach their destination without a release caused by train accident.
Accident rates of Canadian Class 1 railways have declined significantly
since 1999 to fewer than two main-track accidents per million
About the Railway Association of Canada
The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) represents some 50 goods,
tourist, commuter and intercity Rail businesses in Canada, their more
than 32,000 employees and over 50 associate member suppliers. RAC acts
to inform officials, develop programs, policies and resources and
respectfully communicate with the public and media to strengthen the
role and capacity of rail to deliver leading services that are
economically viable, socially cohesive, future focused and
environmentally sustainable. Learn more at www.railcan.ca. Follow us on Twitter: @RailCanada or Facebook: www.facebook.com/RailCanada.
SOURCE: RAILWAY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
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