DG Digest: PHMSA issues ICR on service delivery to the hazmat community and the TSA’s considers updating requirements for hazmat endorsements

The Surface Transportation Board or STB published an updated list of regulations it has modified of late. The new summary will help rail carriers keep track of recent changes affecting them. A BNSF Railway freight meets an Amtrak passenger train in Sumner, Washington on April 6th, 2018. Image © 4/2018 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

Scratch the moderating weather I talked about last week—the nation continues in the grip of unseasonal winter weather.  Is your company still on guard for slips and falls on ice and snow?  Hopefully it will all be over soon, but don’t forget to protect those employees from the winter that won’t go home!  Here’s the new week’s latest news:

US Coast Guard

The service announced vacancies on its Maritime Security Advisory Committee.  The body helps the Coast Guard consider and craft rules that govern the nation’s port entries and activities, some of which may concern the movement of dangerous goods.  Does your company use ocean shipping?  See the service opportunity here


The agency has published an information collection requesting voluntary feedback on its service delivery to stakeholders in the hazardous materials community. Do you have an opinion you’d like PHMSA to hear, or maybe a request to make?  Here’s your chance.  See the way to comment and provide information here


  • The agency charged with motor carrier safety has published an ICR dealing with maintenance practices associated with CMV safety.  If you are a carrier, you may want to have a look.  Here’s the link
  • In a second ICR, the agency published an updated request for information regarding the use of the FMCSA OP-2 information and screening form by foreign motor carriers wishing to obtain a US operating registration.  The move will mainly impact carriers based in Mexico.  See the details here


The agency published an ICR dealing with its plan for updated information requirement standards for granting hazmat endorsements to the holder of CDL licenses, an important part of motor carrier operations.  The ICR also asks for feedback on service delivery.  See it here


The Surface Transportation Board published a comprehensive summary of the regulatory changes it has made in the recent past.  The list is organized by the regulatory citation.  The new list will allow rail carriers and those served by them to double check current rules more easily to find any changes that may be relevant to them or their operations.  See the summary list here

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