DG Digest: EPA to limit some feedback under Toxic Substances Control Act

Transport Canada issue a revision to its rules governing insurance coverage and information sharing for Canadian rail carriers.  A Canadian National train passes over the Fox River in South Elgin, Illinois in October of 2015.  Image © 10/2015 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

It’s hot, right? Mid-summer is here with tremendous heat and we all have to protect our employees. Remember the basics: provide plenty of water, make sure employees take more frequent breaks in a cool area, caution them against overexertion in the heat, and keep an extra eye open for people struggling in the weather. Let’s all do our part to keep our workforces safe during this heat. Things got just a little busier this week on the regulatory front, with more actions taken. Here’s all the latest:

PHMSA

The agency published a new set of Special Permit actions.  Actions range from requests for modifications to the transport of things like explosives and helium gas to additions to approved air carriers and tank welding techniques. The “usual suspects,” batteries and cylinders, also figure heavily. See the new actions here and here and here

U.S. EPA

The agency published an update to how it will handle the administrative processing of confidential business claims under its Toxic Substances Control Act. The action will limit feedback. See the decision here

FMCSA

The agency is extending by one month its comment period on the proposed rule to expand the “under-21” CDL driver eligibility rule to non-veterans.  The new deadline is August 14th, 2019.  See the extension here

The agency is also extending the compliance dates for certain elements of its new training requirements plan for CDL drivers by two years.  The date for training providers to upload entry-level driver training (ELDT) certification information into the Training Provider Registry (TPR) and for State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to receive driver-specific ELDT information would be extended from February 7, 2020, to February 7, 2022.  See the action here

Transport Canada

The Canadian analog to PHMSA published an update to its requirements for rail transport in the Canada Gazette. The actions makes a number of changes, including a modification to certain insurance requirements as well as the mandate for carriers to provide more extensive information to the agency about traffic volumes involving dangerous goods. See the text of the update right here

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