On June 27, 2023 (88 FR 41541), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (FR) to amend its Hazardous Materials Regulations in 49 CFR Parts 171, 174, and 180 to require all railroads to generate in electronic form, maintain, and provide to first responders, emergency response officials, and law enforcement personnel, certain information regarding hazardous materials in rail transportation to enhance emergency response and investigative efforts. The proposal responds to a safety recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board and statutory mandates in The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, as amended, and complements existing regulatory requirements pertaining to the generation, maintenance, and provision of similar information in hard copy form, as well as other hazard communication requirements. Comments must be received by August 28, 2023. To the extent possible, PHMSA will consider late-filed comments as a final rule is developed.
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