The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency restriction/prohibition order, effective September 16, 2016, to Braille Battery Inc. The order states that Braille Battery is prohibited from offering transportation or transporting any lithium ion battery that does not meet compliance standards listed in the HMR or ICAO technical instructions.
The order also requires Braille Battery to make the complete test records on each lithium ion battery they manufacture available to the public.
Third party vendors are to be notified by Braille that they should not transport via air any lithium ion battery until Braille Battery confirms that the design type has been proven to meet the criteria in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.
Docket No. FAA–2016–9156
Nashville and Eastern Railroad Corporation submitted its Positive Train Control Development Plan Revision 2.5 to FRA for approval. Interested parties may submit comments until October 27, 2016.
Docket No. FRA–2015–0063
FRA is seeking to renew its currently approved information collection activities. Interested parties may submit comments until November 22, 2016.
Docket No. FRA–2010–0002–N–23
FRA submitted an information collection request to OMB in an effort to gather information on the implementation of Positive Train Control systems.
Docket No. FRA 2016–0002–N–21
FRA is seeking public comments regarding the proposed information collection activities. Interested parties may submit comments until November 22, 2016.
Docket No. FRA 2016–0002–N–17
PHMSA has issued a safety advisory concerning the transportation of damaged, defective, or recalled lithium cells or batteries, and portable electronic devices aboard aircraft.
Passengers are being asked to turn the device off, disconnect from any charging equipment, disable any application that may cause the phone to reactivate such as the alarm clock, protect the power button to avoid the device accidentally being turned on, and keep the device in your carry-on luggage rather than in checked baggage.
Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0110; Notice No. 2016–18
In an effort to address questions posed by stakeholders regarding the labeling requirements of both agencies, PHMSA and OSHA have released a joint guidance that clarifies the applicability of their labeling requirements for hazardous chemicals. The two agencies are responsible for the enforcement of safety standards regarding hazardous chemicals in the United States.
Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals for Bulk Shipments Joint Guidance Memorandum
IATA has released a list of changes that will be included in the 58th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The changes will cover a variety of topics including lithium ion batteries, dangerous goods in excepted quantities, operator responsibilities, and classification adjustments. All changes will be effective as of January 1, 2017.
Significant Changes and Amendments to the 58TH Edition (2017) DGR
PHMSA is asking for public comments regarding a revision to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material. The publication is scheduled for release in 2018. Interested parties may submit comments until October 28, 2016.
Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0064, Notice No. 2016–8
Amtrak has submitted a request for special approval of an alternate standard regarding single car test. In the request, Amtrak is seeking authorization to continue to maintain and test the 9600 series cab coach car CCB II brake systems.
At this time FRA has no plans to hold a public hearing regarding the request. Interested parties may submit comments until October 11, 2016.
Docket Number FRA–2015–0106
PHMSA submitted a proposal to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations in an effort to ensure consistency with international regulations. Some of the changes will include adjustments to shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, and vessel stowage requirements. Some of the amendments suggested are a result of coordination with Canada under the US-Canadian Regulatory Cooperation Council.
Interested parties may submit comments regarding the proposed rule until November 7, 2016.
Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0273 (HM–215N)
The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. has submitted an application requesting an administrative decision to determine is federal hazardous material transportation law preempts the State of California’s regulations that prohibit employees being forced to work during their mandatory meal or rest period.
Interested parties may submit comments until October 17, 2016. Rebuttal comments must be submitted by December 1, 2016.
Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0097; PDA– 38(R)
The FTA, Metro, and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon will be preparing an environmental impact statement regarding the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project. The EIS will evaluate the benefits and impacts of the project.
The project is intended to improve transportation between southwest Portland, Tigard, and Tualatin. Interested parties may submit comments until September 30, 2016.
FR Doc. 2016–21160
Union Pacific Railroad is seeking approval on the Positive Train Control Safety Plan that was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration. They are asking FRA to issue the PTC System Certificate if the plan is approved. Interested parties may submit comments until October 3, 2016.
Docket Number FRA–2010– 0061