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Wed Jul 23, 2014 01:55 PM CDT

STREATOR, Ill. (DTN) -- Thousands of legacy tanker railcars would be phased out within two years under a rule proposed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The proposal is in response to a series of rail crashes, such as the runaway crude train last summer that exploded and resulted in the death of 47 people plus the destruction of the Lac-Megantic downtown area, a small town in Quebec, Canada.

The retrofitting or replacement of DOT-111 tank cars will impact oil and other flammable liquids transported, such as ethanol.

The proposed regulations apply to trains of 20 or more cars.

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