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Transport Canada Issues Protective Direction 36

by Barbara Foster on May 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm · in Announcements, Barbara's Blog, Industry News, Regulations, Transportation of Dangerous Goods

TDG Update

On April 28, 2016, Transport Canada issued its latest Protective Direction. This Direction, number 36, will replace a previous one, Protective Direction 32, with more detailed instructions for rail carriers.

Protective Directions are rules that are not included in Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG). Instead, they are announced by Transport Canada, and are published on their website. Usually, these directives are used when Transport Canada believes it’s important to bring in a new rule quickly in order to protect the public. Since amending the regulations can take months or longer, Part 13 of TDG allows them to use this method to respond to important issues with appropriate speed.
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Extra! Extra! Read All About It: California Proposition 65 List Updated!

by Paula Reavis on May 2, 2016 at 9:00 am · in Paula's Blog, Safety

Updates to California proposition 65

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see Disney’s Broadway musical “Newsies”. The show is about the 1899 strike of New York City’s Newsboys. For those that aren’t familiar with Newsboys, these are the young men who would stand on the street corners in big cities selling the daily newspaper to the people walking past. In the event of a big news story, publishers would print an “Extra” edition. On these occasions the Newsboys could be heard shouting, “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” to let people know something big had happened and that they had the news on hand.

Consider this blog my “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” story in regards to California’s update to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 or as it is more commonly known Prop 65. The list was updated on April 22, 2016. You can download the full list here. The biggest change for the list is the addition of Styrene (CAS No. 100-42-5). It is now listed as a substance “known to cause cancer”.
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TDG TC 117 Rail Tankers/ERAP Clarification- CGII, May 20 (no question)!

by Clifton Brown on May 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm · in Clifton's Blog, Regulation Updates, Regulations, Transportation of Dangerous Goods

TDG Amendment TC 117

Transport Canada’s May 1st announcement of a TDGR amendment was formalized in the May 20th edition of CGII. This amendment, SOR/2015-100 (“TC 117 Tank Cars”), phases in the requirement for the upgraded TC 111 and basic-enhanced TC 117 rail tank cars for flammable liquid service (see my Blog of May 4th).

The amendment details the enhancements required to the basic tank car design and construction in TP14877 for use in service for flammable liquids. TP14877, published in 2013, was formally adopted in July 2014 and became mandatory in January. Subsequent incidents and recommendations have led to these extra measures to provide a stronger tanker in conjunction with other operating procedures to improve rail safety for flammable DG transportation.
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IATA, Addendum 2 to the 56th Edition DGR

by ICC Compliance Center on May 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm · in IATA and ICAO (Air), Regulation Updates, Regulations

IATA Significant changes

IATA issued a 2nd Addendum to the “56th edition of the IATA DGR“. A proposal to prohibit e-cigarettes in checked baggage was discussed at the ICAO DGP-WG/15 meeting in Montreal last week. The DGP recommended that e-cigarettes be restricted to carry-on baggage and also that e-cigarettes and/or their batteries not be recharged on the aircraft. The addendum has been modified to reflect the language adopted by the ICAO DGP.

The addendum also contains a number of changes to State and operator variations.

Download the PDF of Addendum 2 for the 56th edition of the IATA DGR and print it. The updates to the eDGR will be issued shortly. The language editions of the addendum should be out by the end of the week.

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TDG Amendment- TC 117 Rail Tankers – ERAP Correction: Canada Gazette II May 6?

by Clifton Brown on May 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm · in Clifton's Blog, Regulation Updates, Transportation of Dangerous Goods

TDG Amendment TC 117

Coincident with a press conference given by Lisa Raitt (Canadian Minister of Transportation) and her US counterpart, Anthony Foxx (US Secretary of Transport), Transport Canada published an amendment to the TDGR on their “Adopted amendments…” website on May 1.

Presumably we can expect to see the official publication in an upcoming CGII. One would expect that, given the press conference it may be out in the next (May 6) edition- but the first deadline of the phase in is October 1, 2015.

Phasing in Upgrades

The main part of the amendment outlines the mandatory use of upgraded design TC 117 rail tanker cars spurred by the TSB (Transportation Safety Board) recommendations post Lac-Mégantic, and subsequent incidents in the intervening period. All rail cars manufactured after October 1, 2015 must be to the TC 117 standard if they are to be used for Class 3 flammable liquids. Other features of the phase-in (TC 117)/phase-out (TC/DOT111) requirements will transition for deadlines ranging from April 30, 2017 to April 30, 2025:
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