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The safety of rail tank cars that carry the most dangerous hazardous materials will be dramatically improved under the most sweeping and revolutionary proposal in decades, announced U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters."This proposal is designed to significantly reduce the hazard of hauling hazardous materials by rail," Peters said, explaining the performance-based standard will increase by 500 percent on average the amount of energy the tank car must absorb during a train accident before a catastrophic failure may occur.
Investments in research and development have played an integral role in America’s economic and industrial success, supporting our way of life, and maintaining our status as a leader among the world’s nations. Results include military advancements, new and improved medicines and vaccines for ailments once thought to be incurable, and of course smarter and more efficient transportation systems.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is one of twelve operating administrations within the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is responsible for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by any mode. PHMSA is divided into two program areas: the Pipeline Safety Program (PHP) and the Hazardous Materials Safety Program (PHH). PHH also works closely with the Federal Aviation Administration; Federal Railroad Administration; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and the U.S. Coast Guard to help those entities administer their hazardous materials safety programs.
The Government/Industry Pipeline R&D Forum was held in Arlington, Virginia on July 18-19, 2012. The 2 day event is held periodically to generate a National research agenda that fosters solutions for the many challenges with pipeline safety and with protecting the environment. The forum allows public, government and industry pipeline stakeholders to develop a consensus on the technical gaps and challenges for future research.
On November 27, 2012, in the Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced meetings of the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee and the Gas Liquid Advisory Committee, also known as the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) and other industry leaders have been working especially hard this April to prevent potentially dangerous pipeline incidents by telling Americans to "Know what's below. Call 811 Before You Dig."
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation's 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $5.9 million for 17 research projects to develop new, innovative solutions to improve pipeline safety and protect the environment."This administration is constantly seeking new technologies to improve pipeline safety," said Secretary LaHood. "Combining best practices and new technologies is the best strategy for ensuring the safety of our nation's pipeline network."
WASHINGTON -- An archived webcast of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's July 13, 2012 "Implementing New Requirements for Incorporation by Reference" workshop is now available to view online.More than 70 industry and government representatives were present during the meeting, which was held to discuss solutions for implementing Section 24 of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 in a public forum with feedback from affected parties, workshop participants, and the general public.
The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) deployed regional officials to the scene of the pipeline spill and a Unified Command has been set up at the Dawson County Emergency Operations Center. The operator, Bridger, isolated the line, contacted local authorities downstream, and deployed oil spill response personnel. Our inspector is on site and we are also sending an inspector to their control room in Casper, Wyoming to gather more information. The oil spill response contractor is in the process of capturing the released crude oil to minimize downstream contamination. The operator has been informed that PHMSA must approve the restart of the pipeline.