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Canada's transportation safety board says new standards for oil tank cars should come sooner

Canada's transportation safety board says the government needs to implement tougher new standards for oil trains earlier than a 2025 target.

The government proposed tougher standards for tank cars this month in response to a string of fiery crashes. The new proposal would require the cars to have a layer of thermal protection and thicker steel walls.

But in a report about a March 7 derailment near Gogama, Ontario, the Transportation Safety Board says the proposal to phase the standards in by 2025 isn't soon enough.

A new standard was enacted in Canada after a fiery derailment in July, 2013 in the center of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killed 47 people, but oil trains meeting the new standard continue to derail and catch fire throughout North America.