Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Railroad Accounting for Hazmat Shipment Costs ANPRM

The Surface Transportation Board published an advance notice of proposed rule making in Monday’s Federal Register concerning how railroads account for the unique costs of transporting hazmat. The STB is proposing to require railroads to report unique costs associated with hazmat shipments separately so that the STB could take them into account in their Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS). According to the notice the “Board seeks public comment on whether and how it should improve its informational tools to better identify and attribute the costs of hazardous-material transportation movements” (74 FR 248). Comments are due on or before February 4, 2009 The STB does not handle its public comment submissions through the Regulation.Gov web site. Instead, it still uses an E-FILING link on the Board's Web site, at http://www.stb.dot.gov. Alternatively individuals can file written comments, but must include 10 copies of all documents, by mailing to:
Surface Transportation Board Attn: STB Ex Parte No. 681 395 E Street, SW. Washington, DC 20423-0001.
In addition to the general question of whether or not the Board should proceed with the rule making, the STB asks for certain specific items of information that will be necessary to effectively prepare an appropriate rule. These items include:
The definition of the operations and expenses to be reported, The definition of a ‘hazmat shipment’ (ie: should it be limited to TIH/PIH shipments), The identification and definition of operating costs associated with the hazmat shipments, The identification and definition of the assets devoted to hazmat operations, and The identification and definition of the appropriate operating statistic to be used in the URCS to allocate the identified cost (ie: car-miles, revenue ton-miles, etc).


Unknown said...

HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.

tgotech said...

TOXIC TRAIN SAFETY - A First Responders Petition caused The Chlorine Institute to conduct a five-month study comparing the safety of secondary containment to the chlorine “C”-Kit for chlorine tank cars. The study proved secondary containment to be, by far, the safest technology for containing and preventing releases of chlorine gas. To see secondary containment - search “CHLORTANKER.”

Unknown said...

WARNING: FIRST RESPONDERS’ use of THE CHLORINE INSTITUTE “C” KIT may cause the catastrophic failure of a chlorine tank car, instantly creating a toxic gas plume with a distance of not less than seven miles. The first mile will have chlorine concentrations of 1,000 ppm, causing death after one or two breaths with no opportunity for escape. To learn more, see PETITION C KIT, click on “First Responder Warnings.”

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