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Summary: Focusing on the rail cars distracts us from solving the root cause: the derailments themselves, which need lots of study and perhaps new regulations to solve.
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About "Ethanol Rail Safety (NEG)"
Trains carrying fuels like oil and ethanol across the heartland of our nation are a well-known hazard. New standards for safer rail cars are coming, but Congress left a loophole that postpones standards for tanker cars carrying ethanol until 2025. The standard for safer tanker cars for oil is a standard called DOT-117, which defines the safety features and safeguards built into a tanker car design. Currently, most ethanol is carried in DOT-111 cars, which are considered more dangerous. AFF plan moves up the DOT-117 standard for ethanol rail transportation to a more immediate timeline, not waiting until 2025.
This NEG brief argues that the rail cars aren’t the real problem and that the Status Quo is already accelerating the movement toward DOT-117 anyway. Forcing it to go faster won’t work and will only disrupt markets and impose unnecessary costs on consumers. And focusing on the rail cars distracts us from solving the root cause: the derailments themselves, which need lots of study and perhaps new regulations to solve.
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