Rail industry slow on safety upgrade for fleets carrying oil and ethanol

(Source: De Smog Blog, October 1, 2017)

NEW YORK — A new government report finds that only 9 percent of all the rail tank cars transporting flammable liquids last year met the stricter safety requirements of regulations set in 2015, which were meant to reduce oil train explosions and accidents. This confirms what DeSmog reported last year showing that the oil and rail industries were not moving to aggressively upgrade the fleet to the higher safety standards. Of course, the regulations gave them over a decade to make the upgrades and provided little incentive for industry to move faster.

Full story: De Smog Blog

Monday, October 02, 2017