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U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials

Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail - particularly crude oil and ethanol - in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).

Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

FRA to Issue Proposed Rule on Minimum Train Crew Size

Railroad Safety Advisory Committee Approves Other Key Recommendations on Train Securement and Hazardous Materials Regulations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations.  The FRA also intends to advance a rulemaking on train securement and recommends a rulemaking on the movement of hazardous materials.

Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DOT Issues Emergency Order Requiring Stricter Standards to Transport Crude Oil by Rail

Today’s action marks the 4th emergency order or safety advisory on crude oil in the last seven months

EDITOR's NOTE: As of March 6, 2014, this article links below to an amended Emergency Order that supercedes the earlier order.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued an Emergency Order requiring all shippers to test product from the Bakken region to ensure the proper classification of crude oil before it is transported by rail, while also prohibiting the transportation of crude oil in the lowest-strength packing group.

Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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