The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking comments regarding its proposed information collection activities. The information being collected is on the monthly reports railroads are required to submit that summarizes collisions, derailments, and other incidents that have resulted in injuries to passengers, employees, or damages to railroad property. Interested parties may submit comments on the information collection activities until December 27, 2016.
The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received several applications for special permits regarding the transportation of hazardous materials by cargo aircraft, rail freight, cargo vessel, and motor vehicle. Interested parties may submit comments on any of the applications until November 25, 2016.
The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received multiple applications for modification of special permits. Interested parties may submit comments on any modification request until November 25, 2016.
The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received several applications for special permits. Interested parties may submit comments on any of the applications until November 25, 2016.
Effective October 15, 2016, the safety advisory notice regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices (no. 2016-18) will be withdrawn. It will be replaced with an emergency restrictive/prohibition order barring such devices from being transported via aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order on October 14, 2016 regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices. The emergency order prohibits these devices from being transported in carry-on bags, checked baggage, or as cargo. Passengers who inadvertently bring them on board an aircraft are instructed to immediately power the device off and will not be permitted to use or charge them while aboard the aircraft. In addition, the devices are not to be stored in the overhead compartments, seat back pockets, or in any carry-on luggage. Instead, passengers are to keep them on their person for the duration of the flight. This emergency order is effective as of October 15, 2016.
On November 15, 2016 PHMSA will be holding a public meeting and accepting comments regarding potential new work items to be considered during the upcoming 50th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Interested parties are asked to pre-register for the meeting in order to avoid any delay in gaining access to the DOT headquarters building. The public meeting is being held in Washington, D.C.
FRA and District of Columbia DOT published a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement regarding the Long Bridge project in August. The notice included a 30 day comment period on potential improvements to Long Bridge and related railroad infrastructure. FRA has received multiple requests for additional time to submit comments. In response to these requests the comment period has been extended to October 14, 2016.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to terminate EX classification approval EX1987090926, which was issued to BHT Products for Division 4.1 classification.
PHMSA attempted to contact BHT Products by certified mail in January and May but was unsuccessful both times. The letter requested a copy of lab reports and test data that would support the classification issued under EX1987030326.
PHMSA is revising the regulations on the hazardous materials grants program. The proposed revisions will include OMB’s uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal awards. Interested parties may submit comments until December 12, 2016.
FRA, California DOT and Riverside County Transportation Commission will be working together to prepare an Environmental Impact Report & Programmatic EIS for the Coachella Valley-San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service Project. The purpose of the project is to research ways to provide intercity passenger rail services between LA and Indio. Public scoping meetings are currently scheduled for October 12, October 13, and October 17. Interested parties may submit comments until November 10, 2016.
The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking emergency processing of the information collected on the Railworthiness Directive regarding DOT 111 tank cars that was issued on September 30, 2016. FRA believes that because safety is an overriding issue it can’t wait the standard 90 days for public comments. Instead, FRA is requesting approval of the collection of information 7 days following the Federal Register notice.
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The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Railworthiness Directive to owners of DOT 111 tank cars built by American Railcar Industries or ACF Industries from 2009 – 2015. As a result of their non-conforming welding practices these cars may have substantial weld defects at the sump and BOV skid groove attachment welds which may compromise their ability to retain their contents during transportation.
CSX submitted a request to FRA asking for an expansion of the territory allowed for the nonstop continuous rail testing process. While FRA has no plans to hold a public meeting at this time, interested parties may submit comments until November 17, 2016.
BNSF Railway submitted a request for a test waiver to investigate whether or not the 92 day interval for calibration of the air flow method indicator can be safely extended to 184 days for locomotives that are equipped with NYAB CCB II air brake systems.
BNSF has spent the last three years collecting data that would support the extended interval calibration.
Interested parties may submit comments on this request until November 17, 2016.