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Press Releases

PHMSA Collaborates with USPS to Promote Hazmat Safety Guidelines for Shipping Lithium Batteries

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.

DOE/DOT Crude Oil Characterization Research Study, Task 2 Test Report on Evaluating Crude Oil Sampling and Analysis Methods

December 28, 2017
Contact: Sandia National Lab Press Office

Tel.: (505) 845-7215

The DOE/DOT Crude Oil Characterization Research Study was designed to evaluate whether crude oils currently transported in North America, exhibit physical or chemical properties that are distinct from conventional crudes, and how these properties associate with combustion hazards that may be realized during transportation and handling. The report presents results from Task 2, investigating which

USDOT Announces Intent to Repeal Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Mandate

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

Keystone Pipeline Release - Britton, S.D.

November 28, 2017
PHMSA has issued a Corrective Action Order (CAO) to TransCanada that requires the operator to conduct additional testing to identify and address any threats to the integrity of the pipeline system following the Nov. 16, 2017 release of crude oil from the Keystone pipeline near Amherst, S.D. The CAO states that TransCanada must operate the line at a 20 percent pressure reduction once the damaged section has been replaced and the line is restarted. PHMSA

Howard "Skip" Elliott Sworn in As PHMSA Administrator

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Contact:  pressoffice@dot.gov 

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.

Elliott joins PHMSA following his recent retirement from CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, FL, where he served as Vice President of

DOT Issues Revised RIA for ECP Brake Provision in PHMSA’s May 2015 HHFT Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), on October 16, 2017, issued and invites comments toa revised Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) updating the original RIA associated with the electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake provision of PHMSA’s May 8, 2015 Final Rule titled “Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable

DOT Announces Over $23.8 Million in FY 2017 Hazardous Materials Planning and Training Grants

PHMSA 17-17
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Contact: Mark Sanborn
Tel.: (202) 366-4831
 

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) today announced it is issuing three separate hazardous materials training related grants totaling $23,870,045.  The grants are part of PHMSA’s comprehensive approach to improving the safe transportation of hazardous

DOT Issues Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants to State Entities, Local Communities, and Non-Profit Organizations to Spur Involvement in Pipeline Safety Efforts

PHMSA 18-17
Friday, September 29, 2017
Contact: Mark Sanborn
Tel.: (202) 366-4831

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced today that it is issuing $2,488,497 in grants to state entities, local communities, and non-profit organizations to address pipeline safety challenges related to damage prevention and to promote more involvement in local pipeline safety initiatives and awareness