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America’s Freight Railroads to Implement FRA Safety-Enhancing Order for Handling Crude and Ethanol

Industry to Examine Further Updating Long-Held Self-Prescribed Hazmat Safety Procedures

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 2, 2013 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today announced the nation’s freight railroads will be implementing the new emergency order issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the movement of hazardous materials, including crude and ethanol. 

“We appreciate the steps the FRA has taken to help advance the safety of moving hazardous materials via rail,” said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger.

Freight railroads have for decades had a set of self-prescribed recommended safety operating practices for handling certain hazardous materials, which in many areas exceed federal requirements.  Hamberger noted that consistent with today’s order from FRA, the industry will review its own operating practices to find even more ways to enhance safety. 

“Railroads are always looking for ways to make this nation’s rail network safer for our employees, our communities and the environment,” Hamberger said.  “Railroads will implement what has been issued by the FRA today and examine what additional steps might be appropriate to ensure rail continues to be one of the safest ways to move hazardous materials.” 

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