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Safety board makes recommendations after W.Va. tank car leak

February 14, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal safety board has issued five recommendations after a 2016 liquid chlorine leak from a railroad tank car that injured eight people in West Virginia.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced the recommendations Thursday after completing an investigation into the spill at the Eagle Natrium plant in New Martinsville. The board says the spill occurred in a 42-inch crack in a tank.

Three recommendations issued to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration include improvements for tank cars that transport hazardous materials, prohibiting the use of steel cars that do not meet toughness specifications and establishing inspection frequencies, testing methods to detect cracks and repair guidelines for tank car owners.

The board also urged the Association of American Railroads and freight car supplier American Railcar Industries to monitor tank car welding processes.

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Accident report: https://go.usa.gov/xEUju