New labelling rules for dangerous liquid in transit

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Canada is creating new rules for labelling dangerous goods transported by truck and rail in Canada.

The new rules will be in harmony with U.S. and United Nations regulations.

As of July 14, 2014, all trucks and trains carrying certain classes of dangerous goods, such as propane, acetone, and peroxides, will need to be clearly labelled.

Raitt said Friday the new labelling rules will make it easier for emergency responders to understand the risks involved in truck crashes and train derailments.

Friday's announcement is the latest in a series of transportation reforms — particularly to the rail industry ­— undertaken since the Lac-Megantic derailment last July, when oil cars exploded and killed 47 people.

Raitt has banned 5,000 of the most dangerous and high-risk tankers from carrying dangerous liquids on Canada's rail system.

And the rest of the older tankers produced before 2011 are to be taken off the rails by 2017.

 


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