September 28, 2016: (EO) Hazardous Materials: Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order

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

September 22, 2016: (SA) Hazardous Materials: Damaged, Defective, Recalled Lithium Cells or Batteries or Portable Electronic Devices

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

September 19, 2016: PHMSA and OSHA Clarify Requirements for Labeling Hazardous Chemicals for Bulk Shipments

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

September 15, 2016: Significant Changes and Amendments to the 58TH Edition (2017) DGR

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

September 13, 2016: Hazardous Materials: International Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (SSR–6); Draft Revision Available for Comment

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

September 9, 2016: Petition for Special Approval of Alternate Standard

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

September 7, 2016: (NPRM)(HM-215N) Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR)

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)

September 2, 2016: Hazardous Materials: California Meal and Rest Break Requirements

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)

September 2, 2016: Notice to Prepare EIS on Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

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

September 2, 2016: Union Pacific Railroad’s Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification

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