RAILROADS (TRANSPORT CANADA EMERGENCY SAFETY RULES DANGEROUS GOODS TANK CARS IN A TRAIN CONSIST) / Transport Canada announced emergency railway safety rules in wake of Lac-Mégantic tragedy following two advisory letters to it from Transportation Safety Board of Canada (counterpart to U.S. National Transportation Safety Board): (1) Require 2 operators on a locomotive attached to loaded tank cars carrying “dangerous goods” (counterpart to U.S. usage “hazardous materials”), and (2) ensure that no trains are left unattended while transporting loaded tank cars with dangerous goods.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada sent two advisory letters to Transport Canada (July 18, 2013 advisory letter available here, and July 19, 2013 advisory letter available here).

In response to these two advisory letters, Transport Canada issued an emergency directive pursuant to Section 33 of Canada’s Railway Safety Act.  

Emergency directive available here