DOT-111 Tank Cars – As of 2013, there are approximately 272,000 DOT-111 tank cars in service throughout North America. Out of those 272,000, there are 171,000 that carry hazardous materials. Hazardous materials include (but are not limited to) ammonia, chlorine, acids, pesticides, herbicides, ethanol and crude oil.
Out of 171,000 that carry hazardous materials, only about 30,000 are up to CPC-1232 specifications. (For more information on CPC-1232 standards, please read our FAQ page.)
Out of the 171,000 that carry hazardous materials, 100,000 of them carry volatile Bakken crude oil and ethanol. Roughly 20,000 of those cars meet CPC-1232 standards. In other words, 80,000 DOT-111 tank cars are carrying volatile Bakken crude oil and ethanol that do not have head shields, valve protection, thicker skins, thermal jackets and handle protection. These 80,000 DOT-111 tank cars are the same cars that caused 47 people to lose their lives in Lac-Magantic, Quebec, Canada, a huge spill (over 500,00 gallons) and fire near Aliceville, AL and the enormous fireball in Castleton, ND. All within one year.