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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC14 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: +Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus 

Section 413 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) requires the Secretary to prescribe regulations requiring railroads to provide specified emergency escape breathing apparatus (EEBA) for all crew members in locomotive cabs on freight trains carrying poison-inhalation-hazard hazardous material and provide training in its use. FRA cannot identify an economical means of compliance. Therefore, FRA instead issued a guidance document that railroads will use to develop EEBA programs to protect railroad employees involved in transporting hazardous materials posing an inhalation hazard. In this guidance document, FRA highlighted factors to consider when selecting appropriate EEBA devices and explained various programmatic components to evaluate when developing an EEBA program.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 229   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. No. 110-432, Div. A, 122 Stat. 4848 et seq.    Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008    sec. 413 49 U.S.C. 20166   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final Rule  04/16/2010 

Overall Description of Deadline: Rulemaking required by section 413 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/05/2010  75 FR 61386   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/06/2010 
Final Rule  12/00/2018 
Additional Information: SB - N, IC - N, SLT - N A comment on this rulemaking was received during the RRR process.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kathryn Gresham
Trial Attorney
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-6063