Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 06, 2014
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) today reacted to the decision by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to amend its Emergency Order on crude oil transport following a request from the association.
On February 27, 2014, AFPM sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx requesting a modification of the Emergency Order (pursuant to 49 U.S.C § 5121(d)) because of concerns of pre-shipment verification testing requirements that far exceed what is required under the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The Emergency Order, as written, left shippers struggling with compliance issues over new requirements for which the industry had no advance notice. It also created a number of unanswered questions, including what constitutes the appropriate frequency of testing for classification of petroleum products, and how crude oil transportation capacity could be impacted.
“We appreciate PHMSA’s judicious response to the issues we raised in our letter to Secretary Foxx and hope that the agency’s response will bring clarity to the Emergency Order that is necessary to avoid potential disruptions in supply,” AFPM President Charles T. Drevna said. “AFPM remains committed to working with PHMSA to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of crude oil shipped by rail.”