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  •  Moving EtOH by rail (10+ / 0-)

    Moving ethanol by rail is actually done quite a bit, but there are the occasional problems that occur. One of the latest stories on that is at

    Article in the Virginian-Pilot

    As a chemist, my personal opinion is that the flammability is a fairly small issue. There are items more flammable than ethanol (ethyl acetate, methanol and others) being ferried around in railcars.

    I'd also like to point out that the more of these substances get moved, the more chance there is of something adverse happening, what with the Laws of Probability being what they are. I am fairly amazed, quite frankly, with the overall safety of the transporation industry.

    Just my $0.02...

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