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From Reuters NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) - While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa last Thursday, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky, while thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the creek below. No one was injured, in part because the accident occurred in a sparsely populated area. A similar derailment[...]

From Reuters More than two dozen tank cars hauling ethanol derailed Friday morning in northwestern Iowa, causing some to catch fire and sending an unknown volume of the biofuel into a nearby creek, officials said. There were no reported injuries, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which is sending a 15-member team to Iowa to investigate. Nearby residents who were asked to evacuate earlier[...]

From Reuters NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) - BNSF Railway Co will start offering discounts to ethanol shippers this April if they agree to use new, safer train cars, as it pushes to scrub puncture- prone ones from its rail lines at a faster pace than required by U.S. regulations. The move by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway rail company comes even as ethanol shippers have been slow to embrace the new train[...]

On September 30, the FRA issued a Rail Worthiness Directive (RWD) pertaining to DOT 111 tank cars. Specifically the FRA identified DOT-111 tank cars produced by American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI). and ACF Industries, LLC (ACF) between 2009 and 2015. The FRA has issued the RWD based on its findings of non-conforming weld practices. The non-conforming weld practices on the DOT 111 tank cars produced by ARI and[...]

Transport Canada has moved up the date for phasing out DOT-111 tank cars. In May 2015, the United States Department of Transportation and Transport Canada both issued new regulations to enhance the safety of oil tank cars. This was in response to the age of the older DOT-111 tank cars and the severe accident in Canada in 2013. To their credit the DOT and TC have done a lot to harmonize their regulations. The specifications[...]