Keep Rail Transportation Maintenance, Regulatory Compliance, and Budgets on Track


The railroad industry is subject to a variety of regulatory compliance challenges, as facilities must comply with air quality and environmental regulations for stationary operations and maintenance equipment.


Regulated equipment includes sand storage and handling systems, fuel storage and dispensing tanks, cleaning and degreasing equipment, abrasive blasting equipment, miscellaneous paint and coating machines, industrial wastewater treatment units, containers, rail cars, rail tankers, and other equipment. These types of sources typically require pre-construction permits and operating permits issued by state environmental agencies.


Moreover, railroads face added pressures from stakeholders, shareholders, and the public to respond to broader issues such as business sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Accordingly, many railroads are choosing to be proactive in devising a corporate strategy for sustainability.


Notable regulations, standards and codes for the railroad industry include:

  • Surface Coating of Miscellaneous Metals Parts and Products MACT – EPA’s Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard MMMM for surface preparation and coating of miscellaneous metal parts and products.

  • Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating MACT – EPA’s MACT Subpart HHHHHH addresses emissions of HAPs resulting from paint stripping activities from miscellaneous surface preparation and coating operations at area sources (i.e., sources that are not major sources).

  • Graffiti removal falls subject to similar health, environmental and safety regulation. In addition, graffiti is required to be removed when it is offensive, or it covers existing stenciling.

  • Chemical graffiti removers risk serious health and environmental safety liabilities, and may damage surfaces, leaving them stained or discolored. The less hazardous the chemical, the weaker the result, even after multiple attempts.

  • Pressure washing alone is ineffective for removing graffiti from most surfaces. The high pressure needed to remove graffiti also etches and damages surfaces.

  • Damaged markings, labels and surfaces must be restored to comply with transportation regulations.

CleanerBlast offers a compact solution to help companies meet their compliance and sustainability objectives. Here are 11 reasons CleanerBlast 5G-SS 100 is a better fit for Rail Transportation:


1. Gentle: Cleans & restores plastics, glass, gel coat, wood & thin, delicate aluminum without damage to underlying surfaces, paints, coatings, markings or labels.

2. Tough: Powers through grease, paint, tar, concrete, adhesives, layers of coatings & corrosion on steel.

3. Consistent: Precision engineered to provide uniform, precise pressure, shift after shift, until intentionally reset.

4. Compatible: Perfect fit for revolutionary gel media and nearly all abrasive grit types (including organic media), and water-soluble chemicals.

5. Efficient: Conserves water, grit media, energy. Simultaneously applies decontamination, chloride removal or other water-dilutable chemical products during blast cleaning.

6. Multi-purpose: Removes graffiti, cleans in place, restores oxidized paint, completes thorough surface preparation, parts finishing, vehicle washing and more.

7. Time saving: System can simultaneously apply decontamination, chloride removal or other water-dilutable chemical products during blast cleaning process.

8. Dependable: Most reliable vapor blast equipment on the market, period. CleanerBlast equipment is engineered for long service life and offers upgrade options to extend service life and machine customization to fit your scope of work, now and in the future.

9. Maneuverable: Blast cleans vertically, horizontally, or overhead. Small size and dedicated features make it easy to clean less accessible areas.

10. Versatile: Hoppers, gondolas, tank, flatbed & box cars, towing systems, paint booths, couplings, facilities, cranes, PPE, snow plows, containers, steel, concrete, wood, plastic and pvc, aluminum, and more. Precisely scours target areas without over-blasting or affecting adjacent components.

11. Tidy: Vapor droplets evaporate under most conditions, or drop to work space floor to mitigate virtually all dust generation and dispersion of chemical dilutions (if used) to the immediate work area for easy containment and minimal waste generation.

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