New safer tanker rail cars waiting to be used but cost three times the standard

March 16, 2017 |

In Illinois, thousands of unused tanker rail cars that are up to the standards required to transport ethanol by 2023 are going unused because they are three times more expensive than the current industry standard that has been criticized for not providing sufficiently safe transport, especially through populated areas. Following last week’s accident in Iowa that saw an ethanol train derail and five ethanol tankers end up in a rural creek, a member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said he would like to see use of the new safer cars used sooner rather than later.

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