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Last week, the Canadian government proposed new standards for railroad tank cars transporting flammable materials, including crude oil and ethanol. Transport Canada proposed rail transport standards, referred to as TC-117, that would require a tank car carrying flammable liquids to be jacketed and thermally protected, with thicker steel, full head shields, top fitting protection and improved bottom outlet valves. The railroad safety proposal does not include electronically controlled brakes, which Transport Canada may address in future operating rules. Final tank car regulations are reportedly due by mid-May.

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