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April 1, 2018
April is officially National Safe Digging Month. Excavation damage continues to be the leading cause of pipeline incidents, and the best way to prevent such incidents from occuring is by calling or clicking 8-1-1. For over a decade, PHMSA has advocated the importance of safe digging practices through its annual public awareness campaigns, 811 Poster and Video contests for middle and high school students, its One-Call grant awards program for damage prevention, rulings on excavation damage, and congressional publications.
March 28, 2018
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requests information on matters related to the development and potential use of automated technologies for surface modes (i.e., highway and rail) in hazardous materials transportation. In anticipation of the development, testing, and integration of Automated Driving Systems in surface transportation, PHMSA is issuing this request for information on the factors the Agency should consider to ensure continued safe transportation of hazardous materials without impeding emerging surface transportation technologies.
February 8, 2018
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January 3, 2018
Incident Description:On October 21, 2016, a chemical release occurred at the MGPI Processing plant in Atchison, Kansas. MGPI Processing produces distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. The release occurred when a chemical delivery truck, owned and operated by Harcros Chemicals, was inadvertently connected to a tank containing incompatible material. The plume generated by the chemical reaction led to a shelter-in-place order for thousands of residents. At least 120 employees and members of the public sought medical attention.
December 29, 2017
PHMSA 20-17Friday, December 29, 2017News Digest
December 28, 2017
December 28, 2017Contact: Sandia National Lab Press OfficeTel.: (505) 845-7215
December 28, 2017
PHMSA Collaborates with USPS to Promote Hazmat Safety Guidelines for Shipping Lithium Batteries. In their continuing effort to improve safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) collaborated and today rolled out a set of safety guidelines for those wanting to mail lithium batteries.
December 13, 2017
In accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Public Law 114-94), the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the final updated Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) in regard to Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes on certain trains.  After careful review in accordance with the Congressional mandate contained in the FAST Act, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will rescind the ECP mandate.
November 28, 2017
November 28, 2017
November 2, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017Contact: WASHINGTON – Howard “Skip” Elliott  was sworn in as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) by Secretary Elaine L. Chao this week at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters.