Today is the first of a two-day joint public meeting between the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that I previously mentioned. The agenda for the meeting is available on line and it may not be too late to sign-up for the teleconference link.
There are a couple of interesting topics on the agenda for today. They include a discussion of the §174.24 requirement for train crews to have information on hazmat materials physically on hand and a discussion of §174.67 requirements for transloading operations.
The biggest non-surprise of the agenda is tomorrow’s discussion about the safe transportation of crude oil, ethanol and flammable gasses. Much of the discussion will presage the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday to specifically discuss the safety response to the Canadian crude oil train derailment. The agenda for that meeting is supposed to be published by tomorrow.