DOT Oil Train Rule Proposes Costly Requirements

Law360, New York (July 22, 2016, 3:27 PM EDT) -- On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), issued a notice of proposed rulemaking detailing its proposed revisions to the hazardous materials regulations (HMRs). The NOPR is intended to improve oil spill response readiness and mitigate effects of rail incidents involving petroleum oil and certain high-hazard flammable trains (HHFTs).

Specifically, the NOPR proposes to (1) expand the applicability of comprehensive oil spill response plans (OSRPs); (2) clarify and add new requirements for comprehensive OSRPs; (3) introduce requirements for railroads to share information with state and tribal...

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