NTSB announces Roundtable Discussion : A Dialogue on What’s Next in Rail Tank Car Safety

Repost from National Transportation Safety Board

Roundtable Discussion : A Dialogue on What’s Next in Rail Tank Car Safety

NTSB Conference Center
429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC
7/13/2016 9:00 AM
Press Release 6/29/2016 

NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt to host a Rail Tank Car Safety Roundtable Discussion: A Dialogue on What’s Next in Rail Tank Car Safety

Among the provisions of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) are new requirements for improved railroad operating practices, more effective emergency responses, and safer and stronger tank cars. While tank car fleet owners must decide whether to replace or retrofit legacy DOT-111 and CPC-1232 tank cars over the next 13-years, we continue to investigate serious accidents with flammable liquids releases and fires.

NTSB Most Wanted List graphic for Implement PTCRail tank car safety is of vital interest to the NTSB, and is on our 2016 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Because of our concern over tank car safety, we are hosting a roundtable to better understand issues facing implementation of the Fast Act requirements. We hope to gain deeper understanding of the logistics of replacing the existing tank car fleet to transport flammable materials, as well as how government and industry can overcome factors that could impede timely implementation of the new tank car rules.

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