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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Appointees to Lithium Battery Advisory Committee

PHMSA 09-19
Contact:  Randon Lane
Tel.:  (202) 366-4831
 
WASHINGTONU.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of 20 individuals to serve as members of the newly-formed Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee (LBSAC).  The committee was established in May in accordance with Section 333(d) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.
 
“The committee’s input

U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Major Rule for the Safe Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail Tank Car

PHMSA 08-19
Contact:  Randon Lane
Tel.: (202) 366-4831

WASHINGTONToday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), announced that it is publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The proposed

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Issuance of Major Pipeline Safety Rules

PHMSA 06-19
Contact: Randon Lane
(202) 366-4831

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) transmitted three significant final rules to the Federal Register that will strengthen the safety of more than 500,000 miles of onshore gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines throughout the U.S.  The rules will also enhance PHMSA’s authority to issue an emergency order to address

PHMSA Takes Action to Assist with Hurricane Dorian Preparedness and Response Efforts

PHMSA is continuing to monitor the movements of Hurricane Dorian to understand its potential effect on hazardous materials and pipeline operations.  This webpage provides critical information regarding PHMSA's pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs to assist in any necessary response and remediation efforts as the storm advances toward the southeastern coast of the United States.  

Pipeline Operations

PHMSA is working with states and pipeline

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Advisory Committee on the Safe Transportation of Lithium Batteries

PHMSA 02-19
Contact: Bobby Fraser
Tel.: (202) 366-4831

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced that it is soliciting nominees for a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee, in accordance with Section 333(d) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

“The Department is seeking experts from diverse technical and transportation backgrounds to evaluate safety

PHMSA Announces Public Meeting to Solicit Input for 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook

On May 7, 2019, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced a public meeting scheduled for June 17, 2019, to solicit input on the development of the 2020 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook.

The ERG is a guidebook intended for use by first responders during the initial phase of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods/hazardous materials and has been updated and published every four years.

During the June 17 meeting, PHMSA will