August 12, 2013 Transport Topics article available here.
Copy of Senate bill introduced April 12, 2013 and as amended on third reading on June 18, 2013 available here.
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“Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security”
August 7, 2013. Executive Order 13650 of August 1, 2013.
“Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report”
August 7, 2013. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
“…This proposed rule would remove a significant information collection burden without adversely impacting safety. This proposed rule responds in part to the President’s January 2011 Regulatory Review and Reform initiative. Finally, this proposed rule harmonizes the pre- and post-trip inspection lists.”
ITEM #1: “Emergency Order Establishing Additional Requirements for Attendance and Securement of Certain Freight Trains and Vehicles on Mainline Track or Mainline Siding Outside of a Yard or Terminal.
August 7, 2013. Notice.
ITEM #2: “Lac-Mégantic Railroad Accident Discussion and DOT Safety Recommendations”
With respect to FRA and PHMSA joint meeting to discuss implications of Lac-Mégantic incident for U.S. railroad and hazardous materials policy.
“Final Guidance Regarding Voluntary Inspection of Vessels for Compliance With the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006”
August 6, 2013. Notice of Availability.
“…The Convention enters into force on August 20, 2013. The purpose of NVIC 02-13 is to provide guidance to the maritime industry, Coast Guard marine inspectors, and other affected parties on how the Coast Guard intends to implement the new voluntary inspection program. The Coast Guard finalized NVIC 02-13 after considering public comments received in response to our publication of a draft version of NVIC 02-13 in the Federal Register on February 11, 2013.”
FAA’s reasoning: “As, new technology facilitates the introduction of area navigation (RNAV) instrument approach procedures over the past decade, the number of procedures available in the National Airspace System has nearly doubled. The complexity and cost to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of maintaining the existing ground based navigational infrastructure while expanding the new RNAV capability is not sustainable.”
“Proposed Policy for Discontinuance of Certain Instrument Approach Procedures”
August 2, 2013. Notice Of Proposed Policy And Request For Comment.
Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel, Inc. v. Administrator, SC 18791 (Supreme Court of Connecticut, July 30, 2013). Google Scholar version of opinion available here.
Over a strong dissent, the majority of the Court ruled that driver would be eligible for unemployment compensation despite the fact that he had lost his license due to his own conduct, i.e., driving under the influence of alcohol.
Del. & Hudson Ry. Co. v. Knoedler Mfrs., Inc., C.A. No. 11-314 Erie (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, August 1, 2013). Court-issued opinion available here.