PHMSA HazMat Alerts Proposed Rules

July 29, 2016: (NPRM)(HM-251B) Oil Spill Response Plans and Information Sharing for High-Hazard Flammable Trains

PHMSA has issued a proposed rule to revise regulations regarding the applicability of comprehensive oil spill response plans. Under the new rule, railroads will be required to have a comprehensive oil spill response plan if it has single trains transporting 20 or more tank cars loaded with liquid petroleum oil in a continuous block or single trains carrying 35 or more tank cars loaded with liquid petroleum. The rule would also clarify requirements for the comprehensive oil spill response plan.
Interested parties may submit comments until September 27, 2016.

Docket No. PHMSA–2014–0105 (HM–251B)