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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE02 Publication ID: Fall 2008 
Title: Hazardous Materials: Enhancing Rail Transportation Safety and Security for Hazardous Materials Shipments 
Abstract: In consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), PHMSA would revise the current requirements on the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials transported in commerce by rail. It may require rail carriers to (1) compile annual data on certain shipments of hazardous materials and use the data to analyze safety and security risks along rail transportation routes where those materials are transported; (2) assess alternative routing options and make routing decisions based on those assessments; and (3) clarify the current security plan requirements to address en route storage and delays in transit. This rulemaking was scheduled to have a final rule published by 12/24/2007. However, to address matters raised by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Pub.L110-53, 121 Stat. 266), PHMSA will first issue the rule as an IFR. 
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 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 172 to 174    49 CFR 179   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 5101 to 5127   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final Rule  05/03/2008 
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Comments  08/10/2004  69 FR 50987   
Comment Period End  10/18/2004    
NPRM  12/21/2006  71 FR 76834   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/20/2007    
Interim Final Rule  04/16/2008  73 FR 20751   
Interim Final Rule Effective  06/01/2008    
Final Rule  11/00/2008    
Additional Information: HM Docket: HM-232E; RSPA-2004-18730
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Susan Gorsky
Senior Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-8553