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03/10/2021

How New Hazmat Regulations Get Made

We track DOT's procedure for creating new hazardous materials regulations, including how industry stakeholders and private citizens can contribute to the process before a rule is finalized. 

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02/16/2021

Fatal Accident Results in $400K Penalty for Texas Rail Servicer

On February 10, OSHA issued a $419,347 citation to a Texas-based rail car servicing and maintenance provider after a confined space accident resulted in the death of two employees.

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11/16/2020

New: Hazmat Security Plans for LNG by Rail

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. 

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07/24/2020

Final Rule Alert: LNG Allowed in Rail Transport

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.

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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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01/06/2020

Railcar Servicer Fined $550K After Worker Fatality

On December 4, OSHA fined a railcar company $551,226 due to confined space safety violations that led to the death of an employee in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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09/17/2019

Massive Fireball and Smoke Clouds Over Illinois Railyard After Fiery Train Derailment

Smoke and fire could be seen as far away as downtown St. Louis after a tank car carrying methyl isobutyl ketone caught fire in Dupo, IL, resulting in area evacuations and power outages. However, no one was injured in the incident.

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06/17/2019

FRA Withdraws Hazmat Train Staffing Rule

The Federal Rail Administration announced on May 29, 2019 the withdrawal of a proposed rule to set minimum train staffing requirements for certain rail operations, including trains hauling large quantities of hazardous materials. 

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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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