Hazardous Materials: Emergency Waiver No. 12
PHMSA is issuing an emergency waiver order to railroad carriers waiving certain expedited movement requirements when conducting operations within the Nebraska Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, And Flooding disaster area. Given the continuing impacts caused by the Nebraska Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, And Flooding disaster, PHMSA's Administrator has determined that regulatory relief is in the public interest and necessary to ensure the safe transportation in commerce of hazardous materials while railroad carriers conduct operations within the disaster area. This Waiver Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for 30 days from the date of issuance.
Conforming Amendments and Technical Corrections to Department Rules Implementing the Transportation Industry Drug Testing Program
This final rule makes minor technical corrections to the OST, FAA, FTA, and PHMSA regulations governing drug testing for safety- sensitive employees to ensure consistency with the recent amendments made to the Department of Transportation's regulation, ``Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs,'' which added requirements to test for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone to DOT-regulated drug testing programs. The changes to the Department's regulation make it necessary to refer to these substances, as well as the previously covered drugs morphine, 6- acetylmorphine, and codeine, by the more inclusive term ``opioids,'' rather than ``opiates.'' This rule amends the term in the FAA, FTA, and PHMSA regulations to ensure that all DOT drug testing rules are consistent with one another and with the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. In addition, this rule makes a conforming amendment to include the term ``opioids'' in the wording of the Department's annual information collection requirement and clarifications to section 40.26 and Appendix H regarding the requirement for employers to follow the Department's instructions for the annual information collection.