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ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS RESPONDS TO NTSB REPORT ON INSPECTION AND TESTING OF RAILROAD TANK CARS

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Ed Harper, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, issued the following statement in response to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation report on inspection and testing of railroad tank cars:
 The railroad industry is already working on many of the recommendations in the NTSB report issued today.
 Railroads are presently the safest way to move hazardous materials, and any initiative that constructively addresses an improvement in that outstanding record will receive our full support and cooperation.
 Our records show that 99.99 percent of the hazmat materials which travel over the nation's railroads reach their destinations safely. In the past 10 years, there has been only one death recorded as a result of a hazardous materials release from a rail car. Whereas highway accidents involving hazardous materials have claimed 106 lives since 1982.
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 /CONTACT: John Hartnett of the Association of American Railroads, 202-639-2546/


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