DISCLOSURE NOTE: Most of my writing done on hazardous materials transportation issues is done for the Journal of Hazmat Transportation. Since I am being paid for those articles I have to be careful about the duplication of writing efforts here.
The regulations in the ‘proposed rule’ stage have either had an advance notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) published or have a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) being written or reviewed. The next action to be expected would be the publication of an NPRM.
The following is a list of regulations in the proposed rule stage at DOT:
• 2130-AC11 (FRA) Risk Reduction ProgramFinal Rules
• 2137-AE58 Hazardous Materials: Adoption of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section XII and the National Board Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Code
• 2137-AE66 Pipeline Safety: Safety of On-Shore Liquid Hazardous Pipelines
• 2137-AE36 Pipeline Safety: Completing Regulation of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines Operating at Low Stress
• 2137-AE37 Hazardous Materials: Bulk Loading and Unloading Operations
• 2137-AE52 Hazardous Materials: Combustible Liquids
• 2137-AE53 Hazardous Materials: Safety Requirements for External Product Piping on Cargo Tanks Transporting Flammable Liquids (Wetlines)
• 2137-AE55 Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of Certain Rail Special Permits Into the Hazardous Materials Regulations
• 2137-AE59 Pipeline Safety: Miscellaneous Amendments to the Pipeline Safety Regulations
• 2137-AE65 Hazardous Materials: Limiting the Use of Mobile Telephones by Highway
The regulations in the ‘final rule’ stage have had an NPRM published and the public comment period is closed. DOT is reviewing those comments and making the appropriate adjustments to the rule. The next action to be expected would be the publication of a final rule.
The following is a list of regulations in the final rule stage at DOT:
• 2105-AD59 Protection of Sensitive Security InformationLong Term Actions
• 2130-AC14 Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus
• 2137-AE06 Hazardous Materials: Requirements for Storage of Explosives During Transportation
• 2137-AE13 Hazardous Materials: Enforcement Regulations
• 2137-AE32 Hazardous Materials: Combination Packages Containing Liquids Intended for Transport by Aircraft
• 2137-AE33 Pipeline Safety: Updates to Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Reporting Requirements
• 2137-AE45 Hazardous Materials: International Harmonization
• 2137-AE56 Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of Certain Cargo Tank Special Permits Into the HMR
• 2137-AE57 Hazardous Materials: Revision of Special Permits Procedures
• 2137-AE63 Hazardous Materials: Limiting the Use of Electronic Devices by Highway
‘Long Term Actions’ are those rules that DOT is considering developing. Some of these are congressionally mandated rule makings that are going to require a great deal of time to complete for technical or political reasons. Others are existing ‘interim final regulations’ that need to be made permanent. Others still are items that DHS has internally identified as areas potentially requiring regulatory action. Items on this list may never be introduced into the regulatory process.
The following is a list of regulations (only one in the DOT Unified Agenda) in the long term action stage at DOT:
• 2137-AE46 Hazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Amendments