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Title: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration


1
U.S. Department of Transportation Federal
Railroad Administration
Regulatory Update for the U.S Clay Producers
Traffic Association, Inc Spring 2011 Karl Alexy,
P.E. Engineer, HM Division Washington, DC
2
Federal Railroad Administration Introduction
  • The FRA is the agency within the Department of
    Transportation responsible for ensuring the
    safety and security of rail chemical
    transportation for the protection of our nation.

90 Safety Professionals Specific to HM
3
Overview
Federal Register Notice
One Time Movement Approvals
Tank Car Quality Assurance Team
4
Federal Register Notice
  • HM-233A
  • Effective October 1, 2010
  • 179.13 - Allows 286,000 pound GRL with approval
    of FRA
  • Federal Register Notice
  • Published January 25, 2011
  • Guidelines for FRA approval
  • Car operating under special permits
  • Existing cars upgraded or modified
  • New cars
  • 80/20 Rule Those specification or designed not
    explicitly covered must request FRA approval
  • Applies to TCs built as DOT spec and operated at
    AAR specification

5
One Time Movement Approvals
  • Review of Process
  • Peer Review
  • Team PHMSA and FRA
  • Engineer, Specialist, Lawyer and Economist
  • Sample of OTMS issued in 2010
  • Public meeting
  • Improving the safety of Railroad Transportation
    of Hazardous Materials (Docket No. FRA-2011-0004
    Open until March 24, 2011)
  • February 22, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
  • Representatives from Industry organizations (AAR,
    Chlorine Institute, ACC), Organized Labor (BMWE
    and BLET), tank car owners (UTC, Trinity, ARL,
    GATX, GE), shippers, and Railroads (UP)
  • Suggestions focused on facilitating process.
  • Peer review results and public comments and
    submittal will be reviewed and considered.

6
Tank Car Facility Quality Assurance Team
  • Tank Car Facility Quality Assurance Auditors
    versus Field Inspectors
  • Team is lead by Tom Phemister
  • Auditors Randy Keltz, Vernon Walker, Sam Ryder,
    and Larry Strouse
  • Initiated audits in May 2010
  • Objectives
  • Audit every facility every 3 years (minimum)
  • Focused audits
  • M-1003 and 179.7
  • Results
  • In 2010 and 2011 (as of 3/18/11) performed 113
    audits
  • 23 facilities decided to revoke registration
  • FRA does not suggest revocation of registration

7
Questions?
Contact information Karl.alexy_at_dot.gov Office
(202) 493-6245 Thank you!
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