Regulatory amendments enhance safety in the transportation of dangerous goods

    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations have been amended, in the
interest of public safety, to reflect the re-classification of anhydrous
ammonia (fertilizer) from non-flammable, non-toxic gas, to toxic gas.
    "I am pleased that these important regulatory changes have been made,"
said Minister Cannon. "My department held extensive consultations with
governments and industry stakeholders alike, both domestic and international,
and is committed to ensuring safety in the transportation of dangerous goods."
    The change in classification is partly in response to the Transportation
Safety Board's recommendation that Transport Canada review the primary class
and safety marks for anhydrous ammonia, following three derailments involving
releases of the gas. These derailments occurred near Britt, Ontario, on
September 23, 1999; in Red Deer, Alberta, on February 2, 2001; and in Minot,
North Dakota, on January 18, 2002.
    Additional regulatory amendments include changes regarding the
transportation of infectious substances, as well as changes to the
requirements for transporting explosives.
    The amendments are technical in nature and are designed to make the TDG
Regulations consistent with a number of new international and Canadian
standards, modal requirements and technical developments for the
transportation of dangerous goods. These changes also harmonize the
regulations with recent changes to the United Nations Recommendations on the
Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations.

    The TDG Regulations are made under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Act, 1992. The Act and the regulations are intended to promote public safety
in the transportation of dangerous goods in Canada.
    The amendments to the TDG Regulations were pre-published in the Canada
Gazette, Part I on September 30, 2006 and Transport Canada has reviewed all
comments received. The amended regulations will be published in the Canada
Gazette, Part II, on February 20, 2008.

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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
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