The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice in today’s Federal Register (78 FR 66326-66327) announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on their advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for the Rail Petitions and Recommendations To Improve the Safety of Railroad Tank Car Transportation.
The extension is in response to a petition by the Sierra Club for a 90-day extension of the comment period that included, in part, as justification the 16-day shut-down of the federal government during the recent federal funding fiasco. PHMSA notes that, since this is an ANPRM, it will, to the maximum extent possible, “consider late-filed comments during the next stage of the rulemaking process”.
The comment period would have closed today, but it will now close on December 5th, 2013.
NOTE: I did a quick check this morning to see how many comments have been received on this docket (PHMSA-2012-0082), but the www.Regulations.gov web site was down.