Update 12/05/22: The President signed legislation on December 4 requiring railroads and rail workers to accept a tentative labor agreement reached by employers and union leadership earlier this year.
US DOT plans to suspend authorization for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail, which was granted by a 2020 Final Rule.
US DOT will reconsider a Final Rule promulgated in July 2020 that authorized the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG)—also known as “Methane, refrigerated liquid”—in rail tank cars.
On Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2021, forty-seven railcars derailed and several exploded into flames near the town of Sibley, Iowa.
US DOT PHMSA is seeking renewal, with revisions, of an information collection request (ICR) related to Hazardous Materials Security Plans. The revisions will impact carriers that transport tank car quantities of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail.
DOT PHMSA's Final Rule amends the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to allow bulk transport of methane, refrigerated liquid (i.e., liquified natural gas or LNG) by rail.
Update 05/11/20: PHMSA has finalized its preemption determination and found that Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law preempts Washington State's vapor pressure requirement for crude oil by rail.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 25 to remove requirements for electronically controlled pneumatic brake systems (ECP brake systems) on “high hazard flammable trains” of HHFTs.
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao this month updated Congress on the progress of PHMSA’s rulemaking “Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans for High-Hazard Flammable Trains,” also known as HM-251B.
The Associated Press reported last week that inspections of 58,000 miles of oil train routes across forty-four states turned up 24,000 “imperfections” in the rail freight network.
Your hazmat paperwork is the first thing a DOT inspector will ask for during an inspection. From hazmat training records to special permits, make sure your hazmat documents are in order.