OTTAWA, May 2, 2019 /CNW/ - To protect the safety and security of Canadians, especially those along our rail corridors, it is important that the transportation of dangerous goods by rail be done as safely as possible.
Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced the publication in Canada Gazette, Part
Dangerous goods shippers are required now to transport toxic inhalation hazard substances in tank cars constructed of normalized steel -- steel that undergoes a heat treatment process that increases its durability and resistance to cracking at low temperatures. Toxic inhalation hazard substances include substances such as anhydrous ammonia, a fertilizer used by farmers.
The phasing out of rail tank cars constructed of non-normalized steel will provide greater protection to Canadians and the environment by reducing the risks of transporting toxic substances by rail. Rail shippers also have consistent rules on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border as these regulations now align with those of the United States.
Updates have also been made to regulations to clarify the process for when Emergency Response Assistance Plans are to be implemented and who needs them. The amendments contain requirements to include additional information in the Emergency Response Assistance Plan to indicate how those who ship dangerous goods will respond to an incident.
"We use dangerous goods in almost every facet of our lives, and these goods are an important aspect of modern life and the economy. Their safe transportation by rail remains one of my priorities, and these updates to our regulations are another concrete step our Government is taking to protect Canadians and maintain our safe and secure rail transportation system."
The Honourable Marc GarneauMinister of Transport
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