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The Washington State Senate approved legislation in March 2019 (SB 5779) to prohibit loading or unloading of crude oil from rail tank cars unless the oil has a vapor pressure of less than nine pounds per square inch.
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.
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.
All Aboard! Did you know that more than 110 million tons* of hazardous materials are moved by train each year in the United States? Are you responsible for shipping, moving, or accepting rail shipments of hazmats?
The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking input on potentially establishing vapor pressure limits for unrefined petroleum-based products (and potentially all Class 3 liquids) shipped by any mode.
In August, the state of California passed a law to require railroads to collect a $45 fee to transport rail cars carrying certain hazardous materials. Railroads are now challenging the implementation of the hazmat fee, expressing concerns about how it will be enforced and how it will affect small quantity shipments.
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