API to rail industry: Focus on rail systems, not tanker cars, for safety

Railroad industry groups proposed a new safety standard this week that would require shippers to upgrade DOT-111 tank cars to avoid explosions during derailment accidents. But several groups, including the Renewable Fuels Association, said the rail industry should improve its own business practices and make other fixes instead. "The ethanol industry has a phenomenally good record shipping ethanol on the tracks. We don't believe trying to retrofit existing tank cars is necessary for ethanol. The real issue is one of track maintenance and operations. Keep the trains on the tracks and there will be no problems," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen.

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