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FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Amazon for Alleged Violations of HazMat Transportation Regulations

The Bullet: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) alleges that Amazon, Inc. violated USDOT regulations for the transportation of hazardous materials by air on several occasions.  It has proposed fines as a civil penalty for those alleged violations. The information for…

Safety Alert From PHMSA – Operation Classification for Bakken Region Crude Oil

Recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil The above determination was made by the USDOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety…

Leaking Hazardous Material in Transportation Results in HazMat Incident, but was it Reported?

The discovered leak of toluene and xylene from a 55-gallon drum transported by Wisconsin highway in February 2014 was reported and contained with, “…no real danger to life and health” according to Fire Chief of the responding community.  While that…

Heritage-Crystal Clean Pays Civil Penalty of $4,680 for Violations of the Hazardous Material Regulations

By this Order I find Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC committed two (2) violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180. Accordingly, I assess Respondent a $4,680 civil penalty for the violations. I. Summary Respondent: Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC 950…

D & M Propane Assessed Civil Penalty of $6,000 for two Violations of the Hazardous Material Regulations

By this Order, I find that D & M Propane (Respondent) committed two (2) violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), 49 CFR Parts 171-180, and I assess Respondent a $6,000 civil penalty. On July 29, 2013, the Office of…

Hennepin County Medical Center pays $8,795 Civil Penalty for Four Violations of the HMR

By this Order, I find that Hennepin County Medical Center (Respondent) committed four (4) violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), 49 CFR Parts 171-180, and I assess Respondent a $8,795 civil penalty. On September 10,2013, the Office of Chief…

$7,775 Civil Penalty Paid by Flow Chem Technologies for Violations of the HMR

By this Order, I find that Flow Chem Technologies, LLC (Respondent) committed five (5) violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), 49 CFR Parts 171-180, and I assess Respondent a $7,775 civil penalty. On July 16, 2013, the Office of…

Interstate Chemical Company, Inc. Assessed $2,531 Civil Penalty for Violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations

By this Order, I find that Interstate Chemical Company, Inc. (Respondent) committed one (1) violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), 49 CFR Parts 171-180, and I assess Respondent a $2,531 civil penalty. On September 3, 2013, the Office of Chief Counsel…

Transport Canada Issues Rail Safety Advisory Letter 09/13 – The Securement of Equipment and Trains Left Unattended

View the letter as a pdf Securement of Equipment and Trains Left Unattended Place du Centre 4th Floor 200 Promenade du Portage Gatineau, Quebec K1A 1K8 617-09/13 18 July 2013 Mr. Luc Bourdon (ASR) Director General, Rail Safety Transport Canada…

Transport Canada Announces Emergency Directive to Increase Rail Safety

No. H096/13 For release – July 23, 2013 OTTAWA — Today, Transport Canada announced an emergency directive pursuant to section 33 of the Railway Safety Act to increase rail safety. Although the cause of the accident in Lac-Mégantic remains unknown at this time, Transport…