March 23, 2015: Recording Available for Energy Transportation: Anticipated Developments in Rail and Pipeline Safety Webinar

Did you miss the  "Energy Transportation: Anticipated Developments in Rail and Pipeline Safety" webinar that was hosted by King & Spalding on March 20th?                   Click here to listen to the complete webinar.

Description (as posted on King & Spalding website):
Regulators, businesses, and environmental groups are paying unprecedented attention to the safe transport of crude and other energy products by rail and pipeline. A distinguished panel will discuss anticipated regulatory and legal developments in the coming year.

Moderator:

  • Cynthia Stroman, Partner, King & Spalding, Environmental, Health, and Safety Practice

Program Speakers:

  • Vasiliki Tsaganos, Deputy Chief Counsel, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Jim Pates, Assistant Chief Counsel for the Pipeline Legal Division within the Office of Chief Counsel, PHMSA
  • Mike Friedberg, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, U.S.. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Wendy Buckley, Hazardous Materials Transportation Specialist, President & Founder of Specialty
    Transportation and Regulatory Services
  • Sara Peters, Senior Associate, King & Spalding, Energy and Transportation Safety Practice

 

 

 

March 13, 2015: Railworthiness Directive for Railroad Tank Cars Equipped With Certain McKenzie Valve & Machining LLC Valves

The Federal Railroad Administration's investigations have identified several tank cars transporting hazardous materials that are leaking small amounts of the product from the cars' liquid lines. The investigation revealed that the leaking tank cars were equipped with a specific type of 33 ball valve that is marketed and sold by McKenzie Valve and Machining, an affiliate of Union Tank Car Company. The FRA found certain closure plugs that were installed on the 33 valves cause mechanical damage to the valves which can lead to the destruction of the valves' seal integrity. The valves provided by this manufacturer ware not approved for use on tank cars. The FRA has issued a railworthiness directive to all owners of tank cars that are currently used to transport hazardous materials in the US to ensure the valves in question are removed and replaced with approved valves that meet federal regulations.

Click Here to read the full notice in the Federal Register

March 12, 2015: (PR) Transport Canada Issues an Update on TC-140 Tank Car Specifications

Transport Canada has been working on introducing a new class of tank cars for transporting flammable liquids by rail. In July 2014 Transport Canada published  a final rule concerning the building of flammable liquid tank cars to a higher standard in the Canada Gazette. The requirements at the time were intended to include thicker steel, half head shield and top fitting protection.
Since that time Transport Canada has received recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board to include even more stringent requirements for tank cars that will be transporting flammable liquids. Furthermore, Transport Canada recognizes the integrated nature of rail transport in North America and has received recommendations from the Transportation of Dangerous Goods General Policy Advisory Council that indicates a harmonized standard is essential.
Transport Canada continues to work closely with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration to develop stricter requirements for those tank cars that will be transporting flammable liquids in North America.
This new standard was previously referred to as TC-140 but will now be referred to as TC-117. The new standards will apply to any tank car that is going to be used to transport flammable liquid be jacketed, thermally protected, have thicker steel, full head shields, top fitting protection and new bottom outlet valve. In addition, the new standard will require the industry to manufacture new tank cars that meet the TC-117 requirements once it is in force.
Transport Canada would propose a risk-based approach for the implementation of the new tank cars that would be driven by the type of tank car and the flammable liquid that is being transported.

To read the complete proposed rule please visit Transport Canada's Website

March 12, 2015: Transport Canada Issues Amendment to ERAP Requirements

Transport Canada has issued an amendment to section 7.1 (6) of the ERAP that was introduced last year. The intention of the amendment is to require shippers and importers to have an ERAP in place when consigning flammable liquids in large quantities by rail tank car under UN 1202, 1203 ad 1863.
In addition, Transport Canada wants stiffer standards for the new tank cars. The new standards would point to a new class of tank cars that are specifically designed for carrying flammable liquids. They are thicker and equipped with thermal jackets.

To read the complete amendment click here

March 9, 2015: Upcoming Interactive Webinar – Anticipated Developments in Crude by Rail and Pipeline Safety

STARS Consulting will be participating in a free webinar that is being hosted by King & Spalding University. The webinar, titled Energy Transportation: Anticipated Developments in Crude by Rail and Pipeline Safety, will be held on Friday, March 20th from 12:30 – 1:30.
The transportation of crude and other energy products by both rail and pipeline is being closely monitored by regulators, businesses and environmental groups. King & Spalding University has put together a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the anticipated regulatory and legal developments for the coming year. The panel will include the Deputy Chief Counsel and the Assistant Chief Counsel for PHMSA, Senior Associate and Partners representing King & Spalding, Wendy Buckley of STARS Consulting and a representative from the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. All interested parties are welcome to attend!

Click here to register today

March 2, 2015: Call for Presenters

The 37th Annual DGAC Conference will be held on November 2-4 in Albuquerque, NM this year. The DGAC is currently looking for speakers on various topics related to the safe transportation of dangerous goods. Interested parties should submit the following information:

  • Subject
  • Explanation of why this subject will work for the audience
  • presentation team
  • list of previous presentations delivered
  • proposed delivery method

Click here for additional details on the conference, call for presenters, and informaiton on where to send your submission.