Tag Archives: Hazmat/Dangerous Goods

US Federal Railroad Administration Issues Proposed Rulemaking to Codify Emergency Order 28 of August 2013

The FRA’s newly proposed rulemaking will affect many trains carrying hazardous materials, particularly in tank cars, on both main line tracks and near rail yards, like this Canadian National train exiting Markham Yard in Homewood, Illinois. (Copyright 1/2012 by Paul Burgess, used with permission)

The FRA’s newly proposed rulemaking will affect many trains carrying hazardous materials, particularly in tank cars, on both main line tracks and near rail yards, like this Canadian National train exiting Markham Yard in Homewood, Illinois. (Copyright 1/2012 by Paul Burgess, used with permission)

At approximately 1:15 AM EST on July 6th, 2013, a unit freight train of the cross-border operating Montreal, Maine, & Atlantic Railroad (MM&A) loaded with crude oil from the Bakken Shale Formations in North Dakota in the western United States suffered a failure of its automatic and manual braking systems while left unattended and presumably safely secured on the MM&A mainline track near the town of Nantes in provincial Quebec in Canada.  Continue reading

USDOT/PHMSA Releases Call for Comments on 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

A freight train like this Union Pacific manifest rolling along I-80 in Utah’s Echo Canyon may have a plethora of hazardous materials as part of its lading; so may the truck on the adjacent interstate.  An Emergency Response Guidebook can be a vital tool to help emergency responders take proper action if trouble strikes. (©Paul Burgess August 2014; used with permission)

A freight train like this Union Pacific manifest rolling along I-80 in Utah’s Echo Canyon may have a plethora of hazardous materials as part of its lading; so may the truck on the adjacent interstate. An Emergency Response Guidebook can be a vital tool to help emergency responders take proper action if trouble strikes. (©Paul Burgess August 2014; used with permission)

In the September 2nd, 2014 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published an initial call for comments and suggestions in reference to the upcoming revision and publication of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), due out in 2016.

The book is revised and published on an every-fourth-year basis; the current edition was released in 2012. Under (Docket # PHMSA-2014-0099; Notice No. 14-11), the agency proposes to set forth specific procedures and guidelines for the consideration of suggestions from the public to help them improve the next edition.

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The Buzz: Upcoming End to Class 9 Hazard Label Transition Period has the Hazardous Materials Community Talking

In the July 20th, 2011 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule under [Docket No. PHMSA–2009–0151 (HM–218F)] under which the agency, among many other things, set forth new specifications and requirements governing the appearance of the Class 9 Hazard label. In a nutshell, PHMSA removed the horizontal line that enclosed the bottom of the vertical stripes on the label:

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FMCSA Considers Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Upgraded Federal Regulations Governing CDL Driver Training

In an action published in today’s Federal Register, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the retention of a “neutral convener” to explore with stakeholders the potential of entering into a negotiated rulemaking process regarding the upgrading of licensing requirements for holders of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Comments on this action are due no later than September 18th, 2014. Continue reading

USDOT/PHMSA Releases NPRM on Special Permit and Authority Approval Procedures

Special Permits and Authority Approvals can impact every type of hazardous material in every type of transport mode—like this Union Pacific Railroad mixed freight train negotiating the sharp mountain curves in the village of Helper, Utah on July 28th, 2014. (© Paul Burgess 2014, used w/permission)

Special Permits and Authority Approvals can impact every type of hazardous material in every type of transport mode—like this Union Pacific Railroad mixed freight train negotiating the sharp mountain curves in the village of Helper, Utah on July 28th, 2014. (© Paul Burgess 2014, used w/permission)

In the August 12th 2014 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a proposed rule (NPRM) under Docket # PHMSA-2012-0260 (HM-233E) RIN 2137-AE99 under which the agency proposes to set forth specific procedures and guidelines for the consideration of both Special Permit applications and (Competent) Authority approvals. Continue reading