RIPA responded November 28, 2017 to U.S. DOT’s request for public and industry comment on DOT regulations that should be reviewed for potential withdrawal or revision. The DOT request is in response to an Executive Order from the White House issued soon after the inauguration last January. RIPA has focused on five areas of regulatory concern, a couple of which actually would require regulatory action to provide relief: one, to broaden options in leakproofness testing operations and, another, to make more practical the standard for adherents on steel drum surfaces after reconditioning. Other suggestions are to extend periodic testing of design types beyond the current annual basis, and to move on RIPA’s past requests that emptied IBCs be granted similar relief as emptied drums when shipping to a reconditioner or remanufacturer.
In a soon-to-be-published notice, the U.S. DOT will be inviting the public to provide input on existing rules, regulations and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification. RIPA will be assessing a good number of DOT regulations and policies, and advising DOT on which rules and policies should be reviewed.
Howard R. Elliott of Indiana, has been nominated by President Trump to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation. Mr. Elliott is a forty-year veteran of the U.S. freight rail industry, serving over the last decade as group Vice President of Public Safety, Health, Environment and Security for CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, FL.