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New PHMSA Rules on Safety Oil Spill Response Plans and Information Sharing Has Some Carriers Concerned

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Association this month proposed new regulations for trains that transport highly flammable...more

PIPES Act Puts More Priorities in PHMSA’s Regulatory Pipeline

On June 22, 2016, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act) was signed into law. The new law reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...more

Self-Certification Under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to Commence from August 2016

Following the formal approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield by the European Commission on 8 July 2016, the arrangement will come into force in the U.S. commencing 1 August 2016 and will provide a convenient framework to allow...more

EU Article 31 Committee Approves EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Program – Client Alert – Wilson Elser

On April 5, 2016, Wilson Elser released a client alert that outlined the details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program, the proposed replacement for the Safe Harbor arrangement for transfers of EU citizens’ private data to...more

Court of Appeals Hears National Federation of the Blind’s Challenge to DOT Rule Regarding Blind-Accessible Kiosks at Domestic...

On June 29, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) challenge to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule regarding air carriers’ duty to...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, July 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Launches Advisory Panels: On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two advisory panels designed to facilitate small businesses to provide feedback to EPA...more

Pushing the Pedal to the Metal in the FAST (Act) Lane – En Route to Long-Term Transportation Funding Certainty!

The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security held a hearing earlier this week to discuss the FAST Act and its impact on transportation infrastructure, safety and economic...more

New Hampshire Enacts P3 Legislation

New Hampshire has joined a growing number of jurisdictions in the United States that have enacted legislation enabling public-private partnerships (P3) for transportation infrastructure projects. According to Governor Maggie...more

DOT Bans Transport of Electronic Cigarettes on Commercial Flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a final rule that bans the use and transport of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The ban applies to all U.S. and foreign airline carriers with scheduled...more

Thousands Of Californians Sign Up For VMT Trial

In response to a request from the California Department of Transportation, 5,000 California drivers signed up for the state’s nine month pilot program to replace the state’s gas tax with a charge based on vehicle miles...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - What does the future hold for green bonds and solar investment? - PV-Tech - Jul 5 - Green bonds first appeared in the market in 2007, with initial issuance from development...more

President Obama Signs PIPES Act of 2016, Reauthorizing PHMSA and Introducing New Mandates for Oil and Gas Pipeline Programs

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oil and gas pipeline programs through 2019. Obama’s final stamp on the Protecting our...more

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Reauthorized

The newly enacted legislation further bolsters PHMSA’s growing oversight of storage and pipeline transport facilities. On June 22, US President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and...more

Columbus Wins $40M “Smart City” Grant With Plan to Deploy Driverless Vehicles

On June 23, 2016, the Department of Transportation formally announced that Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of the Department’s Smart City Challenge, a startup-inspired contest offering a $40 million grant to the city with the...more

Like San Bruno, Aliso Canyon Prompts Enhanced Pipeline Safety Act with Few Meaningful Deadlines

On June 22, President Obama signed into law a new pipeline safety bill — the “Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016,” known as the PIPES Act of 2016. The law reauthorizes and funds the...more

President Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Law: Significant Additional Mandates for PHMSA and Potential for More Rulemakings to Come

On June 22, 2016 the President signed into law the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) reauthorization bill, the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines...more

SAFE PIPES Act: 2016 Legislation Affecting PHMSA

President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act or the SAFE PIPES Act into law on June 22, 2016. The Safe Pipes Act reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...more

U.S. Department of Transportation says summer driving is high risk

The U.S. Department of Transportation cautions that summer months account for a higher number of auto accidents and traffic fatalities than most other times of the year. While the Thanksgiving long weekend is statistically...more

Why Cars Crash

The Study - A 2015 study, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, has revealed that drivers are responsible for roughly 94% of motor vehicle crashes. From the middle of 2005 through the end of 2007, the National...more

NCDOT’s Use of Map Act Was a Taking Subject to Just Compensation

On June 10, 2016, the Supreme Court of North Carolina, in Kirby, et al., v. North Carolina Department of Transportation, Highwayissued a unanimous ruling affirming the decision of the intermediate Court of Appeals that the...more

Oklahoma DOT Seeks to Sell off State Owned Freight Rail Lines

Commonly when we think about state government owned railways, the image of commuter or light rail operations come to mind. But many states own freight railroads as well. In a few instances a state may have started its own...more

U.S. DOT Moving Closer to Certification of Driverless Cars

Motor vehicle design continues to make significant technological leaps incorporating a number of automated features, with many manufacturers pioneering the concept of driverless cars. What was once the stuff of science...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the final three days of the legislative session debating the remaining House bills on the calendar as well as bills returned from the House. Members worked late into the night...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016

This Week - While the Senate was predominantly focused on the budget this week, the House moved forward with a number of high-profile issues. By a vote of 60-49, the House approved House Bill 1080, sponsored by Rep....more

@Work: Your HR and Employment Law Update - June 2016

With the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 523 on May 25, 2016, Ohio is poised to become the nation’s 25th state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Although the proposed state law provides direction for employers, a new OSHA...more

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