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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF07 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Hazardous Materials: Review and Update of Rail Carrier Regulations in Part 174 (RRR) 

PHMSA is considering amendments that would enhance safety and revise and clarify the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) applicable to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail. In accordance with Executive Order 13563, Regulatory Review and Reinvention (E.O. 13563; January 18, 2011), the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) has completed an internal review of the existing regulations set forth by PHMSA in 49 CFR part 174, which apply to persons who accept and transport hazardous materials by rail. Using the principals set forth in E.O. 13563, FRA has reviewed the regulations in part 174 and other relevant sections of the HMR, and identified regulations that are outdated, unclear, no longer necessary, may present an undue economic burden on the regulated community, conflict with other North American standards and regulations, or do not sufficiently address technological advancements in the railroad operating environment. Further, FRA has identified several trends in industry practices and operating procedures that present new and different risks to safety that should be addressed in part 174 of the HMR. This rulemaking would more fully align the HMR with the results of the FRA review and would update, clarify, correct and provide relief of certain regulatory requirements applicable to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 171    49 CFR 174   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2017 
Additional Information: HM-251A; SB - N, IC - N, SLT - N;
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0  Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0 
Base Year of the Dollar Estimates: 2014  RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Common: DOT/FRA; 
Agency Contact:
Michael Ciccarone
Transportation Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-8553