DOT issues revised Regulatory Impact Analysis updating original RIA associated with electronically controlled pneumatic brake provision of PHMSA’s May 8, 2015, Final Rule titled “Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains.” The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), on October 16, 2017, issued and invites comments to a revised Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) updating the original RIA associated with the electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake provision of PHMSA’s May 8, 2015, Final Rule titled “Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains.” The agencies are issuing the updated RIA in response to the mandate of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The updated RIA incorporates new testing and analysis the National Academy of Sciences reviewed regarding the effectiveness of ECP brake systems, recommendations from two U.S. General Accountability Office audits, and updates the costs and benefits of the provision of the Final Rule based on changed economic conditions. The RIA docket can be viewed at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=PHMSA-2017-0102. The Federal Register Notice can be viewed at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/16/2017-22281/hazardous-materials-enhanced-tank-car-standards-and-operational-controls-for-high-hazard-flammable. Comments must be received by November 1, 2017. Contact for media: Patricia Klinger (202) 366-4831.
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