January 19, 2017: FAST Act Requirements for Real-Time Train Consist Information by Rail

PHMSA is seeking public comments concerning certain aspects of the FAST Act. Specifically, PHMSA is requesting comments regarding baseline changes, affected entities, and cost & benefits related to fusion centers that collect information from railroads and disperse the information during an emergency. Interested parties may submit comments until April 19, 2017.

Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0015 (HM–263)

January 18, 2017: (ANPRM) (HM-251D) Volatility of Unrefined Petroleum Products and Class 3 Materials

PHMSA is considering making a revision to the HMR that would establish vapor pressure limits on unrefined petroleum based products and Class 3 flammable liquids during transportation and will apply to all modes of transportation.
Interested parties may submit comments until March 20, 2017. PHMSA will be evaluating all comments, potential safety benefits, and costs associated with using vapor pressure thresholds.

Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0077 (HM–251D)

January 12, 2017: Hazardous Materials: Amended Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order

The Federal Aviation Administration has amended Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order No. FAA-2016-9288. As of January 10, 2017 air carriers are no longer required to inform passengers immediately before boarding that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices are not permitted to be transported by air. This change was made as a result of Samsung’s efforts to recall Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices and ensure customers who continue to use them are aware that the devices are not permitted to be transported by air.

Docket No. FAA–2016–9288