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DOT Yanks Emergency Brakes Mandate For Crude Oil Trains

Law360, New York (December 5, 2017, 2:19 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation said late Monday it will pull a 2015 final rule requiring trains carrying crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids to be outfitted with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, or ECP brakes, saying it’s unclear whether the perceived safety benefits justified the costs to railroads.

The DOT said it will rescind the ECP mandate finalized by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration in 2015. The DOT determined there wasn’t sufficient justification for mandating expensive ECP brakes...
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