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Taking an issue off the Watchlist doesn’t mean the TSB ever stops watching, says TSB’s Fox

The Transportation Safety Board's aerial view of the derailment of rail cars carrying crude oil which exploded and killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on July 6, 2013, Canada's worst train disaster since Confederation. Taking an issue off the Watchlist doesn't mean that the board ever stops watching: on the contrary, the TSB will continue to monitor closely the transportation of flammable liquids by rail through its assessment of outstanding recommendations and reported occurrences and during its investigations and interactions with industry stakeholders, writes TSB Chair Kathy Fox. Photograph courtesy of Transportation Safety Board

Re: “‘Too early’ for TSB to remove transport of flammable liquids by rail from watchlist, says Lac Mégantic MP,” (The Hill Times, Nov. 5, p. 1). On Oct. 29, 2018, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its bi-annual Watchlist of the key safety issues that need to be addressed to make Canada’s air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation systems even safer.

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