Final Rule

Railroad Safety Enforcement Procedures; Enforcement, Appeal and Hearing Procedures for Rail Routing Decisions

  • 26
  • Nov
  • 2008
DOCKET NUMBER: 2007-28573
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Routing, PHMSA, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, PIH, Poisonous-by-inhalation Hazardous Materials, TIH, Toxic-by-inhalation Hazardous Materials
ABSTRACT: In this final rule, FRA is establishing procedures to enable railroad carriers to challenge rail routing decisions made by FRA�s Associate Administrator for Safety (Associate Administrator) that carry out the requirements adopted in a separate rulemaking of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). In PHMSA�s final rule published today, railroad carriers are required to take the following actions to enhance the safety and security of certain shipments of explosive, toxic by inhalation (TIH), and radioactive materials: Compile annual data on shipments of these materials; use the data to analyze safety and security risks along rail routes where those materials are transported; assess alternative routing options, including interchanging the traffic with other railroad carriers; seek information from State, local and tribal officials regarding security risks to high-consequence targets along or in proximity to the routes; consider mitigation measures to reduce safety and security risks,
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