Transportation Safety Board Lac-Mégantic recommendations Live



TSB Recommendation R14-01(issued January 2014)
 
The Department of Transport and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration require that all Class 111 tank cars used to transport flammable liquids meet enhanced protection standards that significantly reduce the risk of product loss when these cars are involved in accidents.

Transport Canada response: 

In April 2014, Transport Canada issued a directive to remove the least crash-resistant DOT-111 tank cars from dangerous goods service.

It also set minimum requirements for Class 111 cars used to transport crude oil, requiring any that fall short of the standard to be phased out or retrofitted within three years.

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by Melinda Dalton
TSB Recommendation R14-02 (issued January 2014)

The Department of Transport set stringent criteria for the operation of trains carrying dangerous goods and require railway companies to conduct route planning and analysis as well as perform periodic risk assessments to ensure that risk control measures work.

Transport Canada response:

Transport Canada created a task force with representatives from municipalities, first responders, railways and shippers to strengthen emergency response capacity across the country.

Railway companies are also now required to reduce the speed of trains carrying dangerous goods and to implement other operating practices.

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by Melinda Dalton

TSB Recommendation R14-03 (issued January 2014)

The Department of Transport require emergency response assistance plans for the transportation of large volumes of liquid hydrocarbons.

Transport Canada response:
Transport Canada issued a directive requiring an Emergency Response Assistance Plan for any crude oil, gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and ethanol rail transportation.

(Photo: Crude oil samples taken from tanker cars in Nantes, Que. where the train that crashed in Lac-Mégantic originated/TSB). 

by Melinda Dalton
TSB Recommendation R14-04 (issued Aug. 19)

The Department of Transport require Canadian railways to put in place additional physical defences to prevent runaway equipment.

Transport Canada response:
Under review

(Photo: TSB) 
by Melinda Dalton
TSB Recommendation R14-05 (issued Aug. 19)

The Department of Transport audit the safety management systems of railways in sufficient depth and frequency to confirm that the required processes are effective and that corrective actions are implemented to improve safety.

Transport Canada response:
Under review

(Photo: TSB) 
by Melinda Dalton
 
 

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