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NTSB to examine the safe transportation of crude oil and ethanol by train

7 March 2014

The US National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public forum on 22-23 April in Washington that will examine the safety issues associated with the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail.

The forum, Rail Safety: Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol, will explore DOT-111 tank car design, construction and crashworthiness; rail operations and risk management strategies; emergency response challenges and best practices; and federal oversight.

While the soaring volumes of crude oil and ethanol traveling by rail has been good for business, there is a corresponding obligation to protect our communities and our environment. This forum will explore both the risks and opportunities that exist to improve the safety of transporting these important commodities.

—NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman

A detailed agenda and list of participants will be released closer to the date of the event and will be made available on the NTSB website. The forum can be viewed via webcast.

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