Friday, July 25, 2014

Analysis and concerns about DOT's new oil-by-rail rules

RailwayAge Magazine

Analysts, legal and financial experts weigh in on DOT's HHFT NPRM

RailwayAge Magazine  
by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief     July 24, 2014
  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the U.S. DOT for HHFTs (High-Hazard Flammable Trains) hauling crude oil and other commodities the DOT deems hazardous in tank cars has produced a flurry of commentary and analysis, with varied opinions.......

As DOT issues new oil-by-rail rules, DHS lags in its security plans 

Environment & Energy Publishing 
....The agency more commonly associated with rail oversight, the Department of Transportation, yesterday unveiled a sweeping oil-by-rail rule that seeks to overhaul decades-old tank car standards and curb speeds for "high-hazard" trains.

Yet as milelong strings of crude tank cars snake their way through major cities across the country, DHS has dusted off its role overseeing the nation's rail network through the Transportation Security Administration. And the rapid rise of the "unit" oil train has also exposed gaps in the agency's approach to securing surface transportation....

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