August 28, 2015: List of Applications for Special Permits

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received applications for modification of special permits. The notice, which is published in accordance with the procedures governing the application and processing of special permits from DOT’s HMR 49 CFR part 107 subpart B, has been abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Comments regarding the applications will be accepted through September 18, 2015. For more information or to view the list of applications submitted please visit the Federal Register, Vol. 80, No. 167

August 27, 2015: PHMSA Issues Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comments

PHMSA is inviting public comments on its intention to request approval from OMB to revise information collection. During the comment period that was issued on July 30, 2015 PHMSA received numerous suggestions on ways to improve the data collection. The public meeting will be to address the comments as well as to request additional comments on the proposed path forward.
The public meeting will be held on September 10, 2015 and comments will be collected until October 26, 2015.

Federal Register/Vol. 80, No. 166

August 19, 2015: OSHA Seeks Comments on Information Collection Requirements

OSHA is seeking public comments regarding the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval for information collection requirements that are specified in the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard (29 CFR 1910.120). Comments will be accepted through October 19, 2015

Federal Register/Vol. 80. No. 160

August 10, 2015: PHMSA Issues Notice of Delay in Administrative Appeal Decision

PHMSA is currently reviewing administrative appeals relating to the final rule Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains. PHMSA issued this notice to inform interested parties of the anticipated substantial delay in the appeals process due to the complexity of the appeals that were submitted.

Federal Register/Vol. 80, No. 153


August 6, 2015: (FR) Securement of Unattended Equipment

The Federal Railroad Administration has amended the brake system safety standards for freight and non-passenger trains and equipment in an effort to strengthen requirements for the securement of unattended equipment.
Existing regulations regarding communication requirements and securement for unattended trains carrying poisonous by inhalation hazardous materials or large amounts of Division 2.1, Division 3, Class 1.1 or Class 1.2 hazardous materials were also amended to include additional securement requirements.
All locomotives that are left unattended outside of a yard will need to be equipped with an operative exterior locking mechanism. Any train that is unable to be properly secured is not permitted to be left unattended. The final rule will be in effect on October 5, 2015.

Securement of Unattended Equipment


August 5, 2015: Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comments Requested

On July 24, 2015 the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  for the Emergency Processing request for the collection of information titled Positive Train Control Implementation Status Update Questionnaire. The approval will be valid until January 31, 2016. FRA is seeking to extend that approval for another three years in order to allow its personnel to continue to monitor all affected railroad implementation of PTC on their mainline systems beyond the statutory and regulatory deadline of December 31, 2015. FRA is seeking public comments on certain aspects of the activities before submitting the information collection requirements to OMB. Comments will be accepted until October 5, 2015.

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 150


August 4, 2015: FECR Submits Petition For Waiver of Compliance to FRA

Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) submitted a petition for waiver of compliance to the Federal Railroad Administration for provisions of the federal railroad safety regulations. The two parts of the 49 CFR that were the focus of the petition were part 240 – Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers and part 242 – Qualification and Certification of Conductors. FECR is trying to protect reporting employees and the railroad from the mandatory punitive sanctions that would arise as provided in 49 CFR 240.117 and 242.407.
The relief is contingent of FECR’s implementation and participation of the Confidential Close Call Reporting System pilot project. The Confidential Close Call Reporting System will encourage certified operating crew members to report any close call while also protecting employees and the railroad from discipline and sanctions arising from the incidents reported.
At this time the FRA does not plan to hold a public meeting in connection with these proceedings.

Federal Register Volume 80, Number 149

Augusts 3, 2015: Notice of Application for Modification of Special Permit

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received several applications for special permits. As the sections affected, modes of transportation and nature of the applications were published previously in the Federal Register this notice has been abbreviated. Applications for special permit modification will be identified with the suffix “M” so they can be separated from new applications.
A list of both new and modified special permit applications is provided in the Federal Register.