Speakers: Julie A. Hardin Jeffrey Orenstein

Event Type: Webinar

Start Date/Time:
3 June 2015, 12:00 PM CDT
End Date/Time:
3 June 2015, 1:00 PM CDT

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
12:00 p.m. CDT

Webinar length: 60 minutes

As part of an initiative to improve the safety of hazardous rail traffic, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently published new regulations and standards for the bulk transport of Class 3 flammable liquids – including crude oil and ethanol – via the nation’s railroads, amending the existing Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

The amended regulations, which go into effect on July 7, 2015, are explained in the DOT’s extensive summary of the “Final Rule,” titled Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains. The Final Rule was jointly developed by DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – and in coordination with Transport Canada. According to DOT, the amended regulations are “designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident, and support emergency response.”

In this webinar we will provide a high-level overview of the new requirements of the Final Rule. Among the topics are:

  • Overview of the Final Rule
  • Impact on the Oil and Shale Gas Industries
  • Overview of Additional Federal Legislation
  • Final Rule Harmonization with Transport Canada’s Rules
  • Implications of Challenges to the Rule

Register here.