Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved the DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) notice of proposed rulemaking on hazmat train securement. This proposed rulemaking was not listed in the Administration’s Spring Unified Agenda.
As I noted in an earlier blog post this NPRM probably looks like the rule proposed by the FRA’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) back in April. That proposed rule would apply to trains with single cars of toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) chemicals or trains with 20 cars (total) of almost any other hazardous material. It would cover most freight trains that I have watched at road crossings over the years.
This rulemaking apparently has a high level of interest within the Administration. It was submitted to OIRA on August 15th and approved yesterday; that is fast action time for OMB. I expect that it will be published in the Federal Register later this week.