DG Digest: PHMSA proposes new ICR on transporting LNG on the Nation’s railways

PHMSA published an ICR related to its new rule allowing the transport of LNG by rail.  Here a tank car train of crude oil led by the Norfolk Southern’s Conrail heritage locomotive enters Chillicothe, Illinois on the Iowa Interstate Railroad in April of 2015.  Image © 4/2015 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

The week just ended featured both post-election political turmoil as well as the continuing rapid climb in the infection rate of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, our work as DG professionals goes on.  Be sure to stay focused on the things that help keep our transport chain and you, your family, and our fellow workers safe.  It was once again a pretty quiet week in the regulatory realm; although PHMSA did show some activity.  Here’s the latest news:

PHMSA

The agency published a proposed new ICR that will require railroads transporting LNG in accordance with the recently finalized new rules allowing it to report their required safety and security plans in accordance with that rule. See the ICR here.

Although things have perhaps been a little quiet on the rulemaking front, the agency has been quite busy with its special permits program.  This trend continued this week with the release of another set of issuances.  The latest releases covers a gamut of activity, with an emphasis on—you may have guessed it—lithium batteries.  There are also several other actions.  See them all here:

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-11-12/pdf/2020-24990.pdf

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-11-12/pdf/2020-24989.pdf

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-11-12/pdf/2020-24991.pdf

OSHA

The agency published an ICR related to personnel and material hoist operations and maintenance.  These devices are common in American industry and can be dangerous if not properly serviced and used. See the ICR here.

TSA

The agency will host a meeting of its Security Advisory Committee on December 10th.  This meeting will be virtual, and Air Cargo Operations will be among the topics discussed. See meeting details and how to participate here.

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