DG Digest: PHMSA issues Emergency Waiver No. 13 for areas affected by severe flooding

In a new rule, the FRA eased visual display requirements certifying railroad compliance with noise abatement standards for locomotives.  A nearly new (and super quiet—for a locomotive) Siemens Charger passenger locomotive pulls Amtrak Surfliner train 768 out of Fullerton, California on April 13th, 2019.  Photo by Nikki Burgess ©4/2019.

Mid-April snow snarled much of the nation over the weekend, but it’s also now the culmination of tax season. Transport regulations may not be topping everyone’s list of things to think about this week; however, plenty of action took place all the same. Here’s the latest:


The agency published Emergency Waiver No. 13.  This waiver covers areas affected by the recent severe flooding in Iowa and Nebraska.  Like most such waivers, it allows for modified transport of hazmat for purposes of disaster relief inside the affected zone, as long as equivalent levels of safety as directed by EPA or the Coast Guard may direct are maintained.  See the waiver here

The agency also published a list of various special permit actions.  As with most such issuances, the bulk of actions deal with gas cylinders, lithium batteries, and various custom hauling arrangements.  See the three sets of actions here:





The agency issued a correction to its recent rule governing the use of slings while handling highly hazardous chemicals. The correction revises a CAS number and has no impact to the effects of the rule.  See the revision here


The agency published the meeting notice for the eighth meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Council, which assists FRA in crafting safety regulations, including those surrounding hazardous materials.  The next meet is April 24th.  See the notice here

The agency issued a rule eliminating the requirement that locomotives complying with current noise abatement regulations display a tag or badge in their control cabs certifying the same.  The removal of the requirement is intended to be a cost savings to railroads.  See the rule here


The agency published an ICR dealing with Air Cargo Security arrangements.  While not specifically aimed at hazmat shippers, the sector is nevertheless part of the included stakeholder audience.  See this ICR right here

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