The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing safety rules for bulk loading and unloading operations for cargo tank motor vehicles; railcar loadings are not covered. The rule (HM-247) would require the completion of a risk assessment for these operations and the subsequent development of safe operating procedures based upon this assessment. An enhanced training requirement is also included in the proposed rule. PHMSA specifically notes that: “Security and incidental storage of bulk transport tanks are beyond the scope of this rulemaking action.” (76 FR 13317)
Public comments on this proposed rule are requested. Such comments can be filed via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # PHMSA-2007-28119). Such comments need to be submitted by May 10, 2011.
I’ll look at the details of the requirements of the proposed rule in a future blog posting.