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Compliance Guide Update Service January 2017


January 19, 2017


Department Of Transportation


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 82 6451-6456  49 CFR Part 174 Hazardous Materials: FAST Act Requirements for Real-Time Train Consist Information by Rail Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM)


Summary: PHMSA requests comment on certain provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to require Class I railroads that transport hazardous materials to generate accurate, real-time, and electronic train consist information. Further, the FAST Act includes provisions for the railroads to provide fusion centers with electronic train consist information to share with State and local first responders, emergency response officials, and law enforcement personnel during an accident, incident, or emergency. In support of developing regulations to implement the FAST Act mandates, PHMSA specifically requests comments and information on baseline changes, affected entities, and costs and benefits related to fusion centers collecting train consist information from railroads and disseminating this information in the event of an emergency.


Dates: Comments must be received by April 19, 2017.


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January 18, 2017


Department Of Transportation


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 82 5499-550849 CFR Parts 171, 172, 173, 174, 177, 178, 179 and 180 Hazardous Materials: Volatility of Unrefined Petroleum Products and Class 3 Materials Advance Notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).


Summary: PHMSA is considering revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to establish vapor pressure limits for unrefined petroleum- based products and potentially all Class 3 flammable liquid hazardous materials that would apply during the transportation of the products or materials by any mode. PHMSA is currently assessing the merits of a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Attorney General of the State of New York regarding vapor pressure standards for the transportation of crude oil. The petition requests that PHMSA implement a Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit less than 9.0 pounds per square inch (psi) for crude oil transported by rail. PHMSA will use the comments in response to this ANPRM to help assess and respond to the petition and to evaluate any other potential regulatory actions related to sampling and testing of crude oil and other Class 3 hazardous materials. PHMSA will also evaluate the potential safety benefits and costs of utilizing vapor pressure thresholds within the hazardous materials classification process for unrefined petroleum-based products and Class 3 hazardous materials.


Dates: Comments must be received by March 20, 2017.



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