New: Hazmat Security Plans for LNG by Rail

Posted on 11/16/2020 by Roger Marks

US DOT PHMSA is seeking renewal, with revisions, of an information collection request (ICR) related to Hazardous Materials Security Plans. The information request will undergo changes to account for PHMSA’s Final Rule to allow liquefied natural gas (LNG) in rail transport.  

When PHMSA earlier this  year authorized rail transport of UN 1972, “methane, refrigerated liquid” (i.e., LNG), they also required rail carriers who transport tank cars quantities of the material to comply with additional safety and security planning requirements.

The current PHMSA information collection request that covers safety and security planning is “Hazardous Materials Security Plans,” OMB Control No. 2137-0612. The changes PHMSA made here will impact rail carriers that transport tank car quantities of UN 1972.

The change will result in just 8 additional responses per year, 680 additional hours, and $41,364 in additional salary costs for rail carriers subject to the new safety and security planning requirements, PHMSA estimates.

To see the specific revisions PHMSA has planned for the information collection request, see the rule in the Federal Register.

PHMSA will accept public comments on the notice until December 16, 2020.

Who Needs a Hazmat Security Plan?

Since 2003, PHMSA has required a Hazardous Materials Security Plan for shippers and transporters of hazardous materials. Today, a security plan is required for shippers and carriers that offer or transport:
  • Any quantity of certain high-level hazardous materials; or  
  • Bulk quantities of certain hazardous materials in a single package (e.g., a cargo tank); or
  • Placarded loads of certain hazardous materials.   
To determine if you need a hazmat security plan,check out the blog When Do I Need a Hazmat Security Plan? or see 49 CFR 172.800 for a full list of materials and quantities that require a plan.

Final DOT Hazmat Webinars of 2020! 

US DOT requires training once every three years for all "hazmat employees" (49 CFR 172.704).

Join a Lion instructor live for initial or recurrent DOT hazmat training when Lion presents the following webinars in 2020-21: 
Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)   Dec. 16–17
Recurrent Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)  Dec. 3

Or train at your own pace, on any device, with the DOT hazmat training online course or the Recurrent DOT hazmat training online course

Ship hazmat by air or vessel? Keep your IATA DGR and IMDG Code training up to date and be confident you can move shipments by any mode of transport when needed. 

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