DG Digest: PHMSA to permit LNG/Methane transport in DOT-1113 rail tank cars

PHMSA released a new NPRM proposing allowing the rail transport of LNG or methane in tank cars.  A tank car containing currently permitted propane rests at an offload site in Auburn, Washington as a passenger train sweeps by in June of 2019.   Photo by Nikki Burgess © 6/2019; all rights reserved.

It’s the last week of October and everyone knows what that means: the Halloween holiday.  Remind your employees to be extra careful when traveling home from work on Thursday as our nation’s streets fill with excited children, many of whom may also be wearing costumes that restrict their peripheral vision.  Employees too may be less than normally attentive as they speed home to participate in the festivities.  Safety first! 


In a major proposed rulemaking, the agency proposed permitting for the first time shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG or Methane) by rail in DOT-1113 series rail tank cars.  Previous to this shipment by rail had only been allowed in portable tanks.  If approved, the rule will facilitate the increased transport of this commodity by means other than pipeline and tanker trucks.  See this brand new NPRM right here


The agency announced a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee for November 4th.  The committee helps the “Surf Board” with stakeholder concerns related to this transport sector.  See the details here


The agency published a trio of notices that announce the renewal of a raft of Information Collection Notices or ICR’s.  The requests cover topics as diverse as asbestos removal standards, bloodborne pathogens, lead exposures, and many others.  See the full lists in the two links here:




Chemical Safety Board

The board announced a meeting for October 30th.  This body assists NIOSH, DOT, and OSHA in investigating accidents involving chemical hazards.  See the meeting data here

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