7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

DHS issues rule to strengthen rail security

(The following appeared on the Progressive Railroading website on November 19.)

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule aimed at strengthening the security of the nation’s freight and passenger railroads and reducing risks associated with transporting security-sensitive materials.

The “Rail Security” rule will require freight and passenger railroads to designate rail security coordinators and report security concerns to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The rule also will codify TSA’s broad inspection authority.

Freight railroads will need to ensure a “positive hand-off” of security-sensitive materials and establish security protocols for transfers of rail cars carrying the materials between receivers — especially those located in high-threat urban areas — chemical shippers and other railroads. Freight railroads also will be required to secure car transfer areas and report shipment locations to TSA.

“By striking a sensible balance of security guidelines with certain regulatory requirements, we’re enabling the rail and chemical industries to be stronger partners,” said DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff in a prepared statement. “The results are sound security measures without excessively burdening owners and operators.”

In conjunction with the freight-rail industry, DHS and TSA recently developed security action items to reduce risks associated with the transportation of Poisonous by Inhalation (PIH) materials, such as chlorine and anhydrous ammonia. So far, the measures have reduced PIH shipment risks more than 60 percent — well above a target reduction of 50 percent, DHS said.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2020 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Union Pacific reports Q4 and full-year 2019 results
Union Pacific delivery volume falls, so does its profit in Q4 2019
Engineer at controls during deadly train derailment near DuPont sues Amtrak
Norfolk Southern subsidiary to close headquarters in Fort Wayne
FRA approves move of high-speed train from Hornell to Colorado
Gov. Baker proposes new governance structure for MBTA
Rail safety bill a priority for Vero Beach, Fla.
Another light rail stop coming to Hoboken?
RRB Q&A: Working after retirement
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines