Tag: DOT

DoT’s first FAST report shows ethanol shipments in DOT-111 cars increased

DoT’s first FAST report shows ethanol shipments in DOT-111 cars increased

September 25, 2017 |

In Washington, the Department of Transportation’s report required under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 shows that the number of DOT-111 rail cars transporting ethanol rose to 65% in 2016 from 46% in 2013 despite the legislation requiring the phasing out of such tanker cars carrying hazardous materials or flammable liquids as […]

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Truck stops and travel plazas seek opportunities with DOE to set up alternative fueling stations

Truck stops and travel plazas seek opportunities with DOE to set up alternative fueling stations

August 30, 2016 |

In Washington, NATSO—representing the US’ truck stops and travel plazas—called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with private, exit-based businesses within the confines of the existing law that prohibits the sale of fuel and other commercial services at rest areas as it seeks to identify and establish stretches of the National Highway System […]

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DOT launches online safety training for dealing with ethanol and oil rail accidents

DOT launches online safety training for dealing with ethanol and oil rail accidents

April 5, 2016 |

In Washington, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced the launch of the web-accessible Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (TRIPR) training resource, which provides emergency responders with critical information and best practices related to rail incidents involving Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquids such as crude oil and ethanol. […]

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DOT releases final rule on phase-out of crude oil and ethanol railcars, favoring ethanol

DOT releases final rule on phase-out of crude oil and ethanol railcars, favoring ethanol

May 4, 2015 |

In Washington, the Department of Transportation released a final rule that requires a phase-out or retrofit of all DOT-111 railcars transporting crude oil and ethanol by May, 2023. Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association applauded the DOT for recognizing the difference between ethanol and oil and prioritizing oil train retrofits: “Secretary Foxx appears to […]

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DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the Dept. of Transportation has issued new rules requiring train shipments carrying more than 35 cars of ethanol and oil products or an uninterrupted block of 20 cars carrying the fuel must slow down to 40 mph in urban areas with more than 100,000 people, making a formerly voluntary rule mandatory. The rule […]

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Ohio drops DOT alternative fuel mandate in new budget

Ohio drops DOT alternative fuel mandate in new budget

April 8, 2015 |

In Ohio, the state’s department of transport vehicles are no longer required to use alternative fuels after the new budget signed last week made the change. The policy was put in place in 2006 but filling stations remain limited around the state, with just 125 offering E85 and only 7 offering biodiesel. Now that gas […]

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DOT pipeline rules amended to include ethanol as a hazardous substance

DOT pipeline rules amended to include ethanol as a hazardous substance

March 19, 2015 |

In Washington, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has added ethanol to its definition of hazardous liquid as part of a the final rule amending pipeline safety regulations that was published in the Federal Register. The administration said in the final rule, “PHMSA noted in the policy statement that the demand […]

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DoT analysis unreported from July predicts disaster for oil and ethanol rail transport

DoT analysis unreported from July predicts disaster for oil and ethanol rail transport

February 23, 2015 |

In Washington, a previously unreported analysis from the Dept. of Transport done in July estimates that as many as 10 oil and ethanol train derailments could occur annually during the next 20 years. The damage is seen at more than $4 billion with potentially hundreds of lives lost. During the 20-year period, 10 “higher consequence […]

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Ethanol industry fires back at DOT ethanol rail proposal

Ethanol industry fires back at DOT ethanol rail proposal

July 24, 2014 |

In Washington, the ethanol industry is hitting back at the DOT’s proposal to require tighter regulations on transporting ethanol and oil by railcar, saying that the two are completely different fuels with very different levels of volatility. The RFA and the IRFA say treating the two fuels the same is a mistake and rules specifically […]

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DOT releases details of rulemaking proposal for crude and ethanol rail transport

DOT releases details of rulemaking proposal for crude and ethanol rail transport

July 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail – particularly crude oil and ethanol – in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).  

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