Organizations: Department of Transportation

Feds Propose Rules to Prevent Oil Train Accidents

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Regulatory Impact Analysis: Development of Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

A report from the Government Accountability Office, on the interagency working group that developed the US government’s “social cost of carbon.” Published: Jul 24, 2014. Publicly released: Aug 25, 2014.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Hazardous Materials: Reverse Logistics

PHMSA is proposing to revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle.

Final Rule: Hazardous Materials: Transportation of Lithium Batteries

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is modifying the requirements governing the transportation of lithium cells and batteries. This final rule revises hazard communication and packaging provisions for lithium batteries and harmonizes the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with applicable provisions of the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

Senate Asks DOT to Use Best Data for Crude-By-Rail Safety

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US DOT Proposes Crude Oil Transportation Rules

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CSX Oil Train Derails, but New Rules Progress

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US Follows Canada’s Lead on Tank Car Standards

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EPA Port Summit to Discuss Emissions Policies

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DOT Says Oil Sector Not Providing Enough Info

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DOT Orders Bakken Shipment Tests

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Railroads Agree to Oil Safety Measures

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Highway Agency Proposes Alt Fuel Labeling

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Regulators Impose Fines for Mislabeled Crude

Federal regulators fined three companies for mislabeling the type of crude oil they were transporting. The penalties — a total of $93,000 — were the first from surprise inspections begun since a series of accidents in the last year underscored the hazard of transporting highly flammable oil by rail. Inspectors from the Transportation Department started conducting random tests Read More »

Lawmakers Call for Safety Rules Review

Lawmakers are calling for a review of rules that that apply to rail shipments of crude oil  after several recent rail accidents. Safety regulators have warned that inaction could lead to a “major loss of life.” Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) are calling for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to enact more stringent Read More »

USDOT to Propose Oil Train Rules in Nov. 2014

The US Department of Transportation said regulations forcing oil companies to use stronger rail cars for crude oil – a topic facing renewed interest after several recent derailments and fires – will not be proposed until November and will be subject to a public comment period until January 2015. This timeline could face delays, Fuel Fix reported.

DOT to Investigate Oil Train Derailments

Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx, in a meeting with lawmakers yesterday, said he would investigate the spate of derailments and fires involving crude oil trains. Regulations will investigate whether crude from the Bakken formation is more flammable than more conventional crude oil, The Hill reported. This week another oil train derailed, this time in New Brunswick near the Maine Read More »

Highway Agency Investigates Tesla Fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into two fires that erupted in Tesla Model S vehicles, after roadway debris hit the cars’ undercarriage, Green Car Congress reports. Stocks in the electric car company tumbled earlier this month as news broke of three Model S fires in less than two months.

Agency Proposes $2.6 Million Fines for ExxonMobil

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing more than $2.6 million in fines against ExxonMobil and is citing the company for nine probable violations, related to March’s oil spill in Mayflower, Ark. A company spokesman said the agency’s analysis appeared flawed, the New York Times reports.

Agency Updates Hazmat Baseline Assessments

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is publishing a revised statement of policy to update baseline assessments for frequently-cited violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and to clarify additional factors that affect penalty amounts. This revised statement of policy is intended to provide the regulated community and the general public with information on the hazardous Read More »