DG Digest: PHMSA withdraws proposed vapor limits for unrefined petroleum and class 3 materials on the nation’s railways

PHMSA withdrew a proposed rule that would have set national limits on the vapor pressure of crude oil transported by rail.  A Norfolk Southern oil train led by its Erie Railroad commemorative locomotive passes through Hammond, Indiana, in 2014.  Photo © 2014 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

The nation paused over the weekend just concluded to honor its fallen military veterans and also, this year, to mark the unimaginable toll taken of our fellow citizens by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Surely it was a Memorial Day unlike any of us now living has experienced.  The Labelmaster family joins our country in honoring those who have fallen.  Regulatory news was relatively sparse this last week, and thankfully and for the first time in weeks, focused completely away from the pandemic.  Here’s the latest:


The agency withdrew a proposed 2017 rule — if enacted — would have limited the vapor pressure of unrefined crude oil in transport by rail. In its announced withdrawal, PHMSA contends that there is a lack of evidence that vapor pressure plays a role in the severity of fires or explosions related to rail transport accidents. See the withdrawal here.


The agency published a notice proposing a new ICR that will more comprehensively track the hazardous waste manifest system. This is intended to facilitate better tracking of shipment and improve emergency response to release incidents. See the proposed ICR here.


The agency announced the availability of grant funding under the annual Susan Harwood Grant Program.  This is intended to assist smaller organization in providing needed safety training to comply with OSHA regulations. See the full information here.


The nation of Italy has issued updated competent authority information.  See the update here.

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