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New rail safety rules

Following recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board, the federal government will be removing or retrofitting a number of rail cars used to haul crude oil over the next three years.

The safety board made their report in response to the LacMégantic disaster last summer that killed 47 people.

Along with the tankers being phased out, Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt also announced that railway companies will be required to reduce the speed of trains carrying dangerous goods.

The federal government will also issue an Emergency Response Assistance Plan for things like aviation fuel, gasoline, ethanol, and crude oil.

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