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April 29, 2016: (SNPRM) Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of ASME Code Section XII and the National Board Inspection Code

PHMSA has issued a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will allow the 2015 edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XII— Rules for Construction and Continued Service of Transport Tanks and the 2015 edition of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors National Board Inspection Code, in our regulations to be used for both the construction of and the continued service of cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks, and multi-unit tank car tanks. Interested parties may submit comments until June 28, 2016.

Docket No. PHMSA–2010–0019 (HM–241)] RIN 2137–AE58

 

April 29, 2016: (FR) Hazardous Materials: Incorporation by Reference Edition Update for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries: Pressure Piping Code

PHMSA has issued a direct final rule that will provide non-specification manufacturers and DOT and UN specification packaging manufactures with an opportunity to utilize the most current technology, materials, and practices to aid in maintaining a high level of safety.

The ASME reference standard 1998 edition will be replaced with the ASME standard 2015 edition for boiler and pressure vessels. The 1998 referenced standard of ASME’s Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries: Pressure Piping will be replaced with the 2012 edition. The rule will be effective as of June 28, 2016.

As permitted in the Administrative Procedure Act, PHMSA has issued the direct final rule without prior notice or public comments.

Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0271 (HM–261)

April 27, 2016: Beta Version of On-Line CFR Now Available

The Online CFR is a web based application that gives users access to numerous aspects of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. PHMSA has released a new beta version of the online CFR. Features of this version include the ability to search sections of the HMR, interpretations issued on specific sections, rulemakings that affect the section, special permits and approvals issued referencing the section and enforcement actions. A Quick Reference Guide is available to provide users with search guides and gives an overview of the application.

On-Line CFR

April 26, 2016: PHMSA Releases 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

The updated 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) is now available. The latest version of the ERG will include general updates, expanded sections, and now includes guide pages for absorbed gases.
PHMSA will be issuing free copies to firefighters, police departments, and emergency medical technicians. The mobile application of the 2016 ERG will be available later this spring.

2016 Emergency Response Guidebook ,

April 26, 2016: Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request

EPA submitted a renewal request on a previously approved Information Collection Request to OMB. The current ICR,Hazardous Waste Specific Unit Requirements, and Special Waste Processes and Types,  is due to expire on April 30, 2016. Interested parties may submit comments through May 26, 2016.

EPA–HQ–RCRA–2015–0808; FRL–9945–30– OEI

April 25, 2016: PHMSA Issues CFR Correction

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a correction to the Code of Federal Regulations. The change is in reference to the Hazardous Materials Table located in 49 CFR Part 172.101. The entry Phenylmercuric compounds, n.o.s. should now have a G in the first column.

 FR Doc. 2016–09615

April 25, 2016: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

San Diego Trolley Incorporated (SDTI)  submitted a petition to FRA requesting a five year extension to an existing waiver regarding the light rail transit operations which shares track with San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad. SDTI received the initial waiver in 2001 and has received two extensions thus far.
At this time FRA has no plans to schedule a public hearing regarding the request but will be accepting comments from interested parties until June 9, 2016.

Docket Number FRA–2000–7137

April 25, 2016: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

Norfolk Southern Railway submitted a petition to FRA requesting an expansion to the area inspected during the stop/start rail testing. The initial waiver of compliance limited the testing to certain designated tracks. Norfolk Southern Railway believes expanding the territory used during the testing process will enable the rail testing to be done in a more efficient and frequent manner.
Interested parties may submit comments regarding the waiver of compliance petition until June 9, 2016.

Docket Number FRA–2015–0019

April 21, 2016: Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System

Kansas City Southern Railway has petitioned FRA for approval to discontinue Control Point North Ruliff and install an intermediate signal, hand operated switch, and switch circuit controller. The North Ruliff signal housing and facing signal were washed away during flooding. The petition states KCS would like this to be a permanent change as the side track at CP Ruliff is a single ended track and is not used to meet trains.
Interested parties may submit comments to FRA until May 23, 2016.

Docket Number FRA–2016–0030  

April 21, 2016: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

Denver Regional Transportation District Commuter Railroad (RTDC) has petitioned FRA for a waiver of compliance on the activation of  warning systems.
On April 22, 2016 University of Colorado’s A Line will be opening for passenger service. The grade crossing on that line will use PTC based Wireless Crossing Activation System in order to provide consistent warning times to motorists. The system may not be available during the first 90 days so the grade crossings will be controlled with the traditional ATC system. During that time there will also be an attendant at all grade crossings to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.
Interested parties may submit comments to FRA until May 23, 2016.

Docket Number FRA–2016–0028

April 21, 2016: Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System

In February 2016 Canadian Pacific Railway petitioned FRA for approval to discontinue the automatic block signal system between milepost 194 and 198.6 in an effort to reduce congestion.
Interested parties may submit comments to FRA until June 6, 2016.

Docket Number FRA–2016–0029

April 21, 2016: Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System

In November 2015 Norfolk Southern Railway petitioned FRA for  approval to discontinue a traffic control system on the Buffalo Line. The petition states the Buffalo Line is no longer a through route for their trains running to and from Harrisburg so there is no longer a need for traffic control system in that area.
Interested parties may submit comments to FRA until June 6, 2016.

Docket Number FRA–2016–0027

April 20, 2016: (SA) Immediate Re-inspection and Retesting of Certain Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles Required

A safety advisory has been issued by FMCSA to inform owners and operators of some cargo tanks that their tanks may have been improperly inspected and tested. FMCSA urges owners and operators who received inspections from April 2011 through March 2016 by either H&W Tank Testing, CT # 8083, Ohatchee Alabama or Christopher Humphries, CT # 13131, Jacksonville Alabama to have their tanks re-inspected and retested.
Prior to operating any cargo tank vehicle that has been covered by the safety advisory documentation showing that the required inspection and testing has been completed needs to be provided to FMCSA.

Additional Information on Safety Advisory

April 19, 2016: Guidance Notice Issued To Firework Manufacturers

PHMSA has issued a guidance clarification notice for firework manufacturers that will be effective as of  April 19, 2016. In an effort to reduce the processing time of approval requests manufacturers are asked to include electronic contact information. The notice also informs manufacturers that provided they meet the criteria they may have more than one U.S. Designated Agent.

Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0035; Notice No. 2016–03

April 14, 2016: Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Special Permits

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received multiple applications for special permits. Interested parties may submit comments regarding the permit applications until May 16, 2016. All comments must include the application number and be submitted in triplicate.

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 72

March 9, 2016: Man Pleads Guilty to Falsely Certifying and Marking Cargo Tanks

On March 9, 2016 Garald Bennett, former manager of LPG Service and Leasing LLC, plead guilty to providing false certification and markings on cargo tanks. Mr. Bennett listed the tanks as having passed the hydrostatic pressure tests and wet fluorescent magnetic particle tests when neither was performed.
The Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Act requires cargo tanks used to transport explosive materials to be tested and re-certified every five years to ensure the safety of the public and those working on or around the tanks.

Man Pleads Guilty to Falsely Certifying and Marking Cargo Tanks 

April 11, 2016: Tentative Denial of Petition To Revise the RCRA Corrosivity Hazardous Characteristic

The Environmental Protection Agency is tentatively denying a petition it received requesting changes to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act corrosivity hazardous waste characteristic regulation. The petition was seeking to alter the regulatory value for defining waste as corrosive from pH 12.5 to pH 11.5 and to adjust the corrosivity definition to include nonaqueous waste.
At this time, EPA is tentatively denying the requested changes stating the supporting materials submitted with the petition fail to demonstrate that the changes are warranted. Interested parties may submit comments until June 10, 2016

April 7, 2016: (SA) ICAO Lithium Ion Battery Prohibition Safety Advisory

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration issued a safety advisory concerning the transportation of lithium ion batteries on aircraft. The purpose of the safety advisory is to inform those transporting lithium batteries of the actions taken by ICAO in order to enhance safety during transport.
The FAA Tech Centers’ research has highlighted several safety concerns.
Some of those concerns include the fire suppression capabilities not being strong enough on an aircraft to effectively handle the heat and flames that would be occur should the batteries catch fire and the flammable gases from a lithium battery fire may cause a catastrophic explosion.
As a result of this research and recommendations made by ICAO the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air 2015- 2016 edition has been updated to include the prohibition of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft that is not either contained in or packed with equipment. Lithium batteries must not exceed 30% of the rated capacity on cargo aircraft, and a limit on the number of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries that can be transported together on cargo aircraft.

Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0014 Notice No. 2016-05