RSI-CTC Members Stand Ready to Act on Newly Issued US and Canadian Tank Car Regulations

Tank Car Manufacturers & Lessors Committed to Meet Timetable for Modifications | Concerns Still Exist Over ECP Braking Systems

Washington, DC – May 1, 2015. The members of the Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) are reviewing the joint  announcement by US and Canadian regulators on new rules for transporting flammable liquids by rail. The new regulations appear to provide all stakeholders with clarity as to their individual role in reducing the risk of transporting flammable liquids. At the same time, members of the Committee expressed concern over requirements to use Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) braking systems.

“The RSI-CTC has been seeking the certainty of a final rule for more than four years and these standards have been a top priority for our members.  While we are still reviewing the details, our initial review indicates that the timeline for modifying existing tank cars is aggressive, but appropriate. It will be a challenge to meet these obligations.” said Mr. Tom Simpson, President of the Railway Supply Institute on behalf of the Committee on Tank Cars.

“We are disappointed that DOT chose to require ECP braking systems as part of the new tank car standards. RSI-CTC provided extensive information and analysis to officials in the U.S. regarding the challenges of requiring ECP brakes to rail tank cars. That data and analysis show that ECP brakes do not achieve significant safety advantages in derailment scenarios as compared to alternative braking systems which are already being used and which present far fewer technical and logistical challenges than ECP brakes.”

Since its inception, the RSI-CTC has been a leading advocate of the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail. It is that history of unique expert knowledge that  allowed RSICTC to be a leader in calling for tank car enhancements such as tank jackets, thicker shells, steel head shields, thermal protection systems and protective housings. Over the past four years Committee members have made significant investments in new cars with those enhancements, and are now projecting to spend over $5 billion to add those features to existing cars.  For additional information on RSI‐CTC’s efforts to reduce the risk of transporting crude oil and ethanol by rail, including science-based information provide to regulatory agencies in U.S. and Canada, please visit: http://rsiweb.org/about/rsi‐committees/ctc.

Click Here for the DOT’s Final Rule for Safer Transportation of Flammable Liquids by Rail.

Contact: Mark Hazlin, 202-289-4001, Xenophon Strategies, mhazlin@xenophonstrategies.com

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About The Railway Supply Institute

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is the international trade association for the rail supply industry, representing the nation’s leading companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, tank car, locomotive, maintenance‐of‐way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. America’s railway suppliers represent a $23 billion/year industry supporting 90,000 American workers. The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI‐CTC) is focused on increasing safety of rail tank cars. The membership of the RSI‐CTC includes major manufacturers and lessors of rail tank cars who build more than 95 percent and own or lease over 70 percent of tank cars operating in North America.