BREAKING: CN issues embargo on hazardous materials

Move comes in response to Canadian government's restriction on train speeds
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MONTREAL — In response to Canada’s new speed restrictions on trains carrying hazardous material, Canadian National has issued an embargo on crude oil propane, and TIH (toxic inhalation hazard) materials.

In a notice to customers, the railroad says it will “continue to move these commodities, but manage the flow through a permit process from our centralized operations center.” The railroad said it was taking the move to “protect network fluidity.”

In the wake of a fiery derailment last week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced new rules restricting trains with 20 or more cars of hazardous materials to 20 mph in urban areas and 25 mph elsewhere. [See “Canadian government orders speed restrictions for trains with hazardous materials,” Trains News Wire, Feb. 6, 2020.] That order is in effect for 30 days.

CN’s statement to its customers said its move will “comply with the order while managing its significant impact on our operations and that of our customers carrying passengers.”

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