Digest: Trade groups urge confirmation of STB nominees

News Wire Digest fourth section for July 24: LNG-by-rail rules finalized; UP train derails in Arkansas
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Friday midday rail news:

Coalition urges confirmation of STB nominees
A collection of trade groups is urging the Senate to confirm two pending nominations to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which would return the board to its full five members. The Rail Customer Coalition, which represents more than 70 trade associations, has sent the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to confirm the nominations of Robert Primus and Michelle Schultz so the STB can “live up to its obligations under the Staggers Act and continue to pursue sensible reforms.” Earlier this week, the White House nominated Robert E. Primus, a Democratic congressional staffer from New Jersey, for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2023. Also pending is the nomination of Michelle Schultz, an attorney for the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was first nominated in 2018 [see “Senate confirms two new Surface Transportation Board members,” Trains News Wire, Jan. 3, 2019].

LNG rules to take effect in August
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s controversial rules for transporting liquefied natural gas by rail were published today in the Federal Register, meaning they will take effect on Aug. 23. The rules require use of DOT-113 cars with carbon steel outer tanks and special monitoring of tank pressure and location [see “DOT releases final rule for transport of LNG by rail,” Trains News Wire, June 22, 2020].

UP train derails in Arkansas
Twenty-three cars of a Union Pacific train have derailed near Earle, Ark., partially blocking U.S. 64, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. No additional information is currently available. Earle, in Crittendon County, Ark., is about 30 miles northwest of Memphis, Tenn.


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