|  Clifton Linton

PHMSA Rescinds Crude Oil Tank Car Brake Mandate

The U.S. government rescinded a mandate that crude oil tank cars be equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) braking systems based on a finding that the cost of installing the brakes outweighed the benefits.

On Monday, the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalized amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations which remove the requirement, while still allowing, for certain High Hazard Flammable Unit Trains (HHFUT) to operate using ECP braking systems.

The decision follows a Congressional requirement to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the mandate. The analysis is called a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA...

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