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Press Photo by April Baumgarten A long line of crude oil rail cars heads into South Heart on July 7, a town that sees hundreds of train cars each day.

Crude regulations: Railcar maker says two-year timeline is aggressive, can be done

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HOUSTON — A top U.S. railcar maker, The Greenbrier Companies Inc., said on Wednesday a two-year timeline to retire older railcars that carry dangerous flammable liquids, including North Dakota Bakken crude, is “aggressive” but can be done.

Those comments came after the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new safety standards for moving crude and ethanol by rail in light of several fiery accidents over the past year.

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