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05/26/2020

PHMSA Withdraws Crude Oil Vapor Pressure Proposal

On May 20, DOT PHMSA withdrew a proposal to establish vapor pressure limits for crude oil and other Class 3 flammable hazardous materials by rail.

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05/12/2020

PHMSA Pre-Empts Washington State Crude-by-Rail Rule

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.  

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10/23/2018

2019 Preview: DOT Hazmat Regulations to Watch

The semi-annual Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2018 is out now. This Agenda provides insight into what kind of rulemakings major Federal agencies—including US DOT, FAA, EPA, and OSHA—have planned for the next six months.

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09/25/2018

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Removes ECP Brakes Requirement for HHFTs

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.

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01/30/2018

PHMSA Now Drafting Crude-by-Rail Final Rule

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.

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08/15/2016

Shipping Sour Crude Oil

Crude oil. The black blood of the earth. The precious vital fluid on which all modern life depends. These days there’s more crude oil being transported on North American railroads than ever before, and most of it is sour. What’s sour crude oil? I’m glad you asked Timmy.

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08/12/2016

PHMSA Expands New Flammable Liquid Rail Tank Car Standards with Final Rule

On August 10, 2016, US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a new Final Rule to expand on the requirements for rail cars that transport flammable liquids. 

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