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U.S. Ethanol Industry Opposes Tighter Rail Safety Regs

The U.S. Renewable Fuel Association is fighting new regulations on rail safety, after the Federal Railroad Administration “found that tank cars carrying ethanol were 1.5 times more likely to explode when exposed to fire for prolonged periods,” McClatchy reports.

The RFA blames track defects, not rail car designs, for the added safety risk, and claims the cost of the improved cars would outweigh the benefits. “Regulatory priorities should focus on preventing the derailments,” said President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “Ethanol should not be included with volatile crude oil when considering rule-making for tank car packaging designs or timelines for those designs.”

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