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NTSB seeks stiffer standards for oil tank cars

Apr 07, 2015 6:57 am
Jad Mouawad is reporting in The New York Times the National Transportation Safety Board said Mon., Apr. 6, new oil tank train cars should come with much stronger ability to withstand high heat and pressure from a crash or a blast. New federal measures to make the oil-by-train business safer, which include added protections to rail cars, are not expected to take effect until 2017. The board said Monday the new measures needed to be significantly strengthened to include more robust thermal protections, like a ceramic thermal blanket on the cars. The board also called for increased capacity of pressure relief valves. Traditional tank cars used for crude oil transportation have long been known to rupture in crashes. A newer car, the CPC-1232, adopted by the rail industry in recent years, has also broken up and exploded in crashes this year. Read the full story in The New York Times.