Why Transport Chemicals?
We transport chemicals because the nation needs chemicals. Chemicals, including some that are classified as hazardous materials, are essential for growing food, protecting the safety of our water and food supply, making life-saving medicines and equipment, producing energy, and supporting virtually every aspect of our lives.
Railroads generally have a strong safety record for transporting chemicals and can move the same amount of materials using fewer shipments than other modes such as truck.
What Drives Safety?
The transportation of chemicals requires a full range of safety measures to help prevent derailments, reduce the risk of a material release, and mitigate the impacts of an accident.
Safety is a shared responsibility. Transporting chemicals by rail is covered by a comprehensive federal regulatory framework. And by working together, shippers and rail carriers along with the federal government can build on existing efforts to further prevent rail accidents, protect communities, and ensure that vital products get to where they are needed without incident.
Chemical manufactures own or, lease rail cars used to ship our products, including tank cars equipped with special safety features to help prevent a release during a derailment. Shippers have made significant investments in recent years to upgrade their fleets and will continue to do so.
Moving forward, we must apply the lessons learned from accident investigations and rely on scientific data to determine what further safety measures will deliver the greatest benefit.