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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF24 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title:+Hazardous Materials: Volatility of Unrefined Petroleum Products and Class 3 Materials 
Abstract:

PHMSA is considering revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to establish vapor pressure limits for unrefined petroleum-based products and potentially all Class 3 materials. PHMSA is currently assessing the merits of a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Attorney General of the State of New York regarding vapor pressure standards for the transportation of crude oil. The petition requests that PHMSA implement a Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit less than 9.0 pounds per square inch (psi) for crude oil transported by rail. The Agency seeks comment on the a range of vapor pressure thresholds, and will evaluate the potential safety benefits of utilizing vapor pressure thresholds within the hazardous materials classification process for unrefined petroleum-based products and Class 3 material liquids. PHMSA encourages persons to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments containing relevant information, data, or views.

 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 173    49 CFR 174    49 CFR 178    49 CFR 179    49 CFR 180   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  12/00/2016 
Additional Information: HM-251D;
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lad Falat
Director, Engineering and Research
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-4545
Email: lad.falat@dot.gov