May 31, 2016: Notice of Public Meeting

PHMSA will be holding a public meeting to prepare for the 49th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods that takes place in July. Interested parties may submit comments concerning potential new work items to be included in the international agenda. The meeting is scheduled for June 14, 2016.

Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0060, Notice No. 2016–7

May 31, 2016: Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

FRA announced its plan to prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the Link Union Station Project with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Interested parties may submit comments to FRA until June 30, 2016. A public scoping meeting is currently scheduled for June 2, 2016.

Environmental Impact Statement for the Link Union Station Project, Los Angeles, CA

May 27, 2016: (SA) Safety Advisory Issued Regarding TYTAL Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles

A safety advisory has been issued to owners and operators of TYTAL cargo tank motor vehicles with capacities of 8,400, 8,717, and 10,500 gallons. These CTMVs, which are primarily used to transport Petroleum Crude Oil (UN1267),  are not compliant with Hazardous Materials Regulations and do not meet DOT 407 specification requirements. The 8,400 and 8,717 gallon cargo tanks have proven to provide inadequate damage protection during an accident. 10,500 gallon cargo tanks have also been shown to provide inadequate damage protection during an accident and are inadequate in venting capacity of pressure relief systems.
TYTAL has informed their customers of the deficiencies and is providing free repairs. FMCSA has advised owners and operators that these cargo tanks are not authorized for transporting hazardous materials until repaired in compliance with the HMR. FMCSA will initiate enforcement actions against any owner or operator found to be transporting hazardous materials in a non-compliant cargo tank as of June 1, 2016.

 Safety Advisory: Immediate Repair and Retesting of Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles Manufactured by Trailers Y Tanques De Aluminio (TYTAL)

May 27, 2016: Correction Issued to 49 CFR Part 172

PHMSA has announced three corrections to the Hazardous Materials Table located in 49 CFR parts 100-177. The following three entries in section § 172.101, Purpose and Use of Hazardous Materials Table, are being reinstated:

  • “Cyanuric Triazide” on page 202
  • “Dinitrosobenzylamidine and salts of (dry)”; on page 211
  • “Power device, explosive, see Cartridges, power device” on page 275

FR Doc. 2016-12598

May 25, 2016: CSX Transportation, Inc.’s Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification

CSX is seeking approval from FRA on its Positive Train Control Safety Plan, Version 1.0, that was submitted on September 24, 2015. CSX is asking FRA to issue a PTC System Certification for its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System.
Interested parties may submit comments to FRA until August 23, 2016.

Docket No. FRA–2010–0028

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May 19, 2016: (FR)(HM-262) Final Rule Issued on Electronic Smoking Devices on-board Aircraft

PHMSA has issued a final rule regarding lithium batteries on board aircraft. Passengers and crew members will no longer be permitted to have any type of battery-powered electronic smoking device in their checked luggage. In addition, these devices and their batteries can no longer be charged on board aircraft. Passengers and crew members will be able to have the devices in carry-on luggage.
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Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0165 (HM–262)

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May 16, 2016: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

Union Railroad submitted a petition to FRA requesting a renewal to a previously approved waiver of compliance regarding the regulation that mandates its 121 locomotives be equipped with pilots, snowplows, or end plates.
Union Railroad states that 32 of those locomotives are currently in service but not equipped with a pilot, snowplow, or end plate. However, they do contain hose boxes or brackets that are above the rails with open space between. The locomotives in question operate on 20 miles of yard and mainline track between three steel mills. There are three public grade crossings that contain gates and/or flashers. There have been no known safety concerns or operating difficulty associated with the current waiver.
FRA does not plan to hold a public hearing on this matter but will accept comments from interested parties until June 27, 2016.

Docket Number FRA–2016–0046

May 16, 2016: (HM–261) Federal Register Issues Correction To Previous Publication

On April 29, 2016 the Federal Register published a direct final rule regarding the ASME reference standard. The dates section on page 25614 read  ‘‘insert date 60 days after publication in the Federal Register’’ but should have read ‘‘June 28, 2016’’.

Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0271 (HM–261)