Author Archives: Paul Burgess

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

In the September 24th 2014 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published two clarifications of their fireworks policies under Docket #’s PHMSA-2013-0205; Notice No. 14-4 and 14-5 in which the agency sets forth acceptable criteria for defining for classification purposes both

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USDOT/PHMSA Issues Special Permit Actions

The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a listing of actions pertaining to Special Permits, including those applied for, those granted or withdrawn, and those delayed more than 180 days. A variety of subjects are addressed, including those affecting the transport of explosives, living human tissues,

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

TSA Requests Comment on Renewal of Information Collection Activities on Rail Carriers, Shippers of Designated Hazardous Materials

The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today issued an extension of the comment period referencing an already approved and in-force Information Collection requirement affecting rail carriers and shippers by rail of certain hazardous materials.  Passenger carrying rail operations are also affected.  Under Docket TSA-2006-26514, the TSA extended for sixty days (until October

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

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

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