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TSA Rail Transportation Security Rule Open for Public Comment


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has requested public comments on the currently approved Rail Transportation Security Rule in order to extend the program.
The TSA Rail Security Rule imposes a number of security-related requirements on facilities that ship or receive certain chemicals in rail cars. These requirements are in addition to any requirements imposed on facilities under to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) or the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA).
The TSA Rail Security Rule (49 CFR Part 1580) requires rail shippers, receivers, and carriers of certain hazardous materials to:
  • Submit contact information to TSA for a Rail Security Coordinator (RSC) and an Alternate RSC;
  • Document the transfer of custody and control of certain hazardous materials railcars;
  • Be prepared to report the location of certain railcars carrying hazardous materials at all times; and
  • Report significant security concerns to TSA.
Comments must be submitted to TSA by May 8, 2018.