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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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PHMSA Issues NPRM HM-215M for Harmonization with International Standards

by Barbara Foster on September 3, 2014 at 8:30 am · in 49 CFR (DOT), Barbara's Blog, Regulation Updates, Regulations

PHMSA News Update

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been committed to ensuring that the domestic Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) are kept current with international standards. Since these standards are updated at the United Nations (UN) level every two years, this requires frequent amendments. The latest round of amendments has been started with the issue of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on August 25.

The NPRM has been issued by DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) as Docket Nos. PHMSA-2013-0260, HM-215M. It contains revisions necessary for harmonization with the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, the ICAO Technical Instructions for Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG). The comment period is until October 24, 2014. PHMSA’s goal is to ensure harmonization with the above regulations for the 2015-2016 biennium.
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TDG Update – Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Update of Standards)

by Barbara Foster on July 9, 2014 at 9:37 am · in Barbara's Blog, Regulation Updates, Transportation of Dangerous Goods

TDG Update

On July 2, 2014, Transport Canada issued its amendment regarding updating the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG) to reflect recent international standards, and to incorporate some new packaging standards. This amendment is intended to harmonize Canada’s regulations more fully with those used for international shipment, therefore simplifying international transport and improving safety. Please note that is a separate amendment from the one issued at the same time regarding safety marks.

The first thing you’ll notice in this amendment is the table in section 1.3.1, Table of Safety Standards and Safety Requirement Documents, has been extensively revised. Many standard references have been updated to more current versions; one of the most significant updates is the new reference to the Seventeenth Edition (2011) of the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Also, some standards have been deleted, such as CAN/CGSB 43.150, “Performance Packagings for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods,” from the Canadian General Standards Board. Instead, new standards such as Transport Canada Standard TP14850, “Small Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods, Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and 9” have been added. This will bring in a whole new system for selecting packagings for these classes. Other new standards will introduce UN packaging provisions for portable tanks and rail containers.
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