Canada's Transportation Safety Board has given a positive grade to the federal government for its response to recommendations made following last July’s train derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Que.
The TSB made three recommendations in January:
- Review the use of DOT-111 tanker cars.
- Strategic route planning and safer operations for trains carrying dangerous goods in Canada.
- Emergency response assistance plans along routes where large volumes of liquid hydrocarbons are being shipped.
The train that derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people, was carrying 72 DOT-111 tanker cars of crude oil.
Since the recommendations were made by the TSB, both CN and CP announced they would be phasing out their older DOT-111 tanker cars.
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TSB chairwoman Wendy Tadros said Transport Canada is “leading the way” by ordering the cars to be phased out or retrofitted within three years.