By JHMT Staff June 25, 2020
Yesterday, June 24, the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Adminsitration (PHMSA) issued two Notices of Extension: the first extends Temporary Policy for the Transport of Hand-Sanitizers; the second extends Enforcement Discretion Regarding Hazardous Materials Training Requirements. These extensions recognize the ongoing public health emergency and will continue providing regulatory relief. See the links above for full details. These policies were originally reported to readers in HazMat Alerts 2020-22 on April 15 and 2020-17 on April 3.
On June 19, PHMSA issued a Final Rule [Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0025 (HM-264)] amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to allow for the bulk transport of “Methane, refrigerated liquid,” commonly known as liquefied natural gas (LNG), in rail tank cars. This rulemaking authorizes the transportation of LNG by rail in DOT-113C120W specification rail tank cars with enhanced outer tank requirements, subject to all applicable requirements and certain additional operational controls. The enhancements to the outer tank are indicated by the new specification suffix “9” (DOT113C120W9).
The new final rule is not yet published in the Federal Register but will be effective upon that date. For now it can be viewed on PHMSA's website. The Journal is reviewing the final rule. We recommend readers login to hazmatship.com to review our prior articles on the topic of LNG by rail:
- LNG Transportation Takes Center Stage -
By Cynthia Hilton, Legislative Advisor (July/August 2019)
- NPRM HM-264 Published in the Federal Register, Proposing LNG Transport in DOT-113 Tank Cars (2019-42 - October 25, 2019)
- PHMSA Grants Special Permit to Move LNG by Rail Ahead of Finalization of NRPM HM-264 as Final Rule; Draws Criticism From House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (2019-50 - December 10, 2019)
- PHMSA Extends Comment Period on NPRM HM-264 Proposing LNG Transport in DOT-113 Tank Cars (2019-54 - December 23, 2019)