PHMSA has issued a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations in an effort to maintain consistency with the current international regulations and standards.
Some of the amendments include changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups and authorizations, quantity limitations for air transportation, and vessel stowage requirements.
The rule will be effective as of March 30, 2017. The only exception to the effective date is Instruction 22 which will be effective on January 2, 2019.
Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0273 (HM–215N)
The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking public comments on the information collection request that was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget. Specifically, FRA is seeking comments on whether the information collection activity is necessary in order for FRA to perform its functions, the accuracy of FRA’s estimate of burden, ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the information being collected, and how the burden of the collection activity can be reduced.
Interested parties may submit comments until May 30, 2017.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
In an effort to reduce regulation and expenses, President Donald Trump has made several changes since taking office. One of the most important changes he made was placing a regulatory cap on Fiscal Year 2017 that would require agencies requesting new regulations to identify two existing regulations to be repealed.
In addition, the agencies were informed that the total incremental cost of the new regulations and repealed regulations that are to be finalized in 2017 must be no more than zero unless prior written approval has been issued by the Director of OMB.
Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
The comment period for the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the volatility of unrefined petroleum products and Class 3 materials has been extended. The comment period will now conclude on May 19, 2017 rather than the original date of March 20, 2017.
Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0077 (HM–251D)
The Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee will be holding a meeting to discuss the impacts of emerging railroad technologies at 10 am (EDT) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
The members of the subcommittee will be joined by representatives from a freight railroad, the railroad technology research center, a rail industry technology supplier, and a labor representative.
Some of the topics that will be addressed include ultrasound, laser, and other forms of technology that could be used to obtain information about the condition of equipment components and track, locomotives that will use data to maximize performance while reducing emissions and fuel consumption and using drones to inspect track and bridges.
The roundtable, Emerging Railroad Technologies, will be open to the public and is being streamed live via webcast.
Roundtable to Focus on Emerging Railroad Technologies
Tune in to Sirius XM channel 146 on Tuesday, March 7, from 2-4pm EST. Wendy Buckley will be joining Mark Willis on Road Dog Trucking Radio to discuss trucking and rail regulations.
Call in during the show and talk to an industry expert to get your questions answered!
Wendy will be joining Road Dog Trucking Radio monthly.
Stay tuned for future dates and times!