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USDOT Issues Further Emergency Order Related to Crude Oil Transport and Classification

At approximately 1:15 AM EST on July 6th, 2013, a unit freight train of the cross-border operating Montreal, Maine, & Atlantic Railroad (MM&A) loaded with crude oil from the Bakken Shale Formations in North Dakota in the western United States suffered an as-yet unexplained failure of its automatic and manual braking systems while left unattended

New NPRM Focuses on Creation of CDL Driver Test Database for FMCSA Required Drug and Alcohol Testing

The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which would establish a new nationwide database for reporting and tracking drug and alcohol related citations and test results for operators of commercial vehicles (CMV) holding Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL).   The proposal was published in the Federal

EPA’s Final Rule on Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

2013 Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Final Rule Used in combination with solvents, “wipes” are typically used for cleaning and other industrial applications by a variety of manufacturing facilities.  Large quantities of both reusable wipes and disposable wipes are used daily and generators are faced with costly management issues once the wipes have reached the end of their

Chemical Fire in Iowa may involve Hazardous Materials

A reported fire and potential hazardous materials release near an airport in a small Iowa town is in the news today.  Major news organizations reported Thursday morning that local emergency responders were engaged in fighting a fire which may involve the release of hazardous materials including sulfuric acid at a fertilizer plant at or near

Crude Shippers face fallout from “Operation Classification”

Shippers of crude oil have now faced the initial fallout from the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT)/Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency’s (PHMSA)/Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) new “Operation Classification,” a spot inspection regimen designed to verify the accuracy of petroleum product classification and to try to increase the safety of crude shipments, particularly (but