July 18, 2013: (MTG) PHMSA & FRA – improving rail transportation of HM

PHMSA and FRA to Host a Joint Public Meeting to Discuss: Improving the Safety of Railroad Transportation of Hazardous Materials.

Please find summaries from Day 1 – a rewrite of 49 CFR 174 and Day 2 – an open session.

This meeting was held August 27-28, 2013 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Oklahoma Room in the DOT Conference Center, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

There will also be a teleconference number available if you are unable to attend in person but still wish to listen to the proceedings. You may also make a comment or brief presentation during the meeting if you provide prior notice that you wish to do so.

For the conference number or to make a statement during the meeting, please contact Mr. Kurt Eichenlaub, Railroad Safety Specialist, Hazardous Materials Division, Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, FRA, at least 4 business days prior to the date of the public meeting. Mr. Eichenlaub can be reached at (202) 493-6050 or Kurt.Eichenlaub@dot.gov. You may also submit your comments in writing in advance by visiting http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

Author: Wendy Buckley

Wendy has been in the hazardous materials industry for over 17 years. She worked for both the Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey State Department of Transportation as a Railroad Hazardous Materials Safety Inspector. Wendy was an Investigator with the Office of Inspector General at Amtrak, a Multi-Modal HazMat Instructor and Auditor with a premier training and consulting company, and managed the Regulatory Affairs department at a multi-billion dollar, multi-national laboratory supply company. Wendy started her career as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Firefighter and today she is the President & Founder of Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services, a hazardous materials and hazardous waste management consulting firm. Wendy has multiple degrees from several private and public Universities.