The Obama administration on Friday unveiled a sweeping set of reforms to rules regarding the transportation of crude oil by rail in the wake of numerous high-profile disasters.
The regulations announced by the Department of Transportation (DOT) are a comprehensive suite of standards regarding rail car design, braking ability, speed limits and other provisions.
The set of rules, Foxx said, “significantly improves current regulations and requirements. It will make transporting flammable materials by rail safer than it is today.”
All railcars currently carrying ethanol and crude oil will have to be phased out within seven years or retrofitted, and the new standards will start later this year for newly constructed railcars.