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Statement of Acting Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman on TSB Canada’s Advisory on Lac-Megantic Derailment

September 11

Earlier today, our colleagues at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued safety advisory letters to Canadian and U.S. regulators regarding the proper description of hazardous materials on shipping documents. The advisories arise from the TSB's ongoing investigation into the freight train derailment and subsequent fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec in July. We share the TSB's concern. Clearly understanding the hazardous characteristics of what is being transported is one of the keys to safe transportation.

The TSB's letters can be found at: http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/medias-media/communiques/rail/2013/r13d0054-20130911.asp

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