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Canada to phase out old railway oil tankers

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OTTAWA — Canada will require that older rail cars used for carrying crude oil be phased out by May 2017, the government said on Wednesday, moving ahead of the United States to ban the controversial cars in light of burgeoning oil-by-rail traffic and a deadly accident last year.

The unilateral move is in response to recommendations made by the country’s Transportation Safety Board following last July’s fiery rail-car derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, which killed 47 people.

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