Ensuring Tank Car Safety: A Government and Industry Partnership

On January 14, 1997, the Ensuring Tank Car Safety Planning Committee met to discuss the outcome of the Ensuring Tank Car Safety Public Information Meeting held in Houston. Texas on February 14, 1996. The Committee also discussed the minutes of the 1996 North American Tank Car Research Coordination Meeting (RCM) held at the Association of American Railroads' headquarters Building in Washington, D.C., on November 19, 1996. In recognition of the participants at both meetings who contributed their insight with respect to designing, operating, maintaining, and transporting tank cars, the FRA thanks you. The final outcome of these meetings will be realized in the years ahead through both government and industry research, rulemaking, and industry standard setting activities ad the mutual desire to achieve improved safety. To this end, the Planning Committee developed the following priority list of government and industry initiatives to ensure tank car safety. It is important to note that the initiatives do not represent a hierarchy of safety needs, but merely a list of needs that industry and government should review when establishing long term research, rulemaking, and industry standard setting activities: 1. Non-Accident Release Reduction; 2. Responding to Emergencies; 3. Tank Car Damage Assessment; 4. Tank Car Fire Protection; 5. Tank Car Structural Integrity; 6. Performance Oriented Standards; 7. Negotiated Rulemaking; 8. Railroad Operating Practicies; 9. Public Workshops, Information Meetings and Lessons Learned; 10. 286,000 Gross Weight on Rail; and 11. Safety of Intermodal Portable Tanks Transported by Rail.

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    Federal Railroad Administration

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  • Publication Date: 1997-1-14


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 14p

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  • Accession Number: 01010762
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 4 2005 2:27PM