The end of the year is right around the corner, which means an equalization audit is, too. But don’t just wait around for your penalties, get ahead of the audit with AllTranstek! On top of managing your audit, our team of experts will assess your mileage credits, estimate your penalties, and verify mileage equalization invoices, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in the process.
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On November 25, 2020, PHMSA published the Final Rule on Docket HM-219C in the Federal Register. The effective date of the Final Rule is December 28, 2020. The Final Rule is in response to 24 petitions sent to PHMSA for rulemaking. Three items pertain to transportation of poisonous by inhalation (PIH) materials in tank cars.
The first revises 173.31 to prohibit the use of tank cars with shells or heads constructed of non-normalized steel in the transportation of poison-by-inhalation hazard (PIH) materials by rail after December 31, 2020. As a side note, the AAR issued circular letter CPC-1336 on July 27, 2018, revising the AAR C-III M-1002 which prohibited the use of non-normalized steel tank cars in PIH service after July 1, 2019.
The second revises 173.244(a)(2) and 173.314(c) to make the “interim” tank car specifications the “final” specifications for the transportation of PIH materials. A DOT 105J600I tank car would now be DOT 105H600W. The marking will be changed at the tank car’s next qualification. Chlorine is required to be shipped in a 105H600W specification tank car (the previous draft had 105H500W).
The third revises 173.31 to prohibit the use of certain tank cars for the transportation of PIH materials after December 31, 2027. These tank cars are those that are not built to the requirements published under HM-246.
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Congratulations to all 14 winners of the 2019 Non-Accident Release (NAR) Grand Slam Awards. For the 4th year in a row, at least 50% of the winners are AllTranstek customers. Congratulations on an award well earned!
The Chlorine Institute has acknowledged Larry Loman as the The Chlorine Institute's July Member Spotlight.
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We thank you for your continued loyalty and support during these difficult times. Since our last communication in late March, AllTranstek has been fortunate to have had minimal impact from any COVID-19 or other illnesses to our employees. Like many of you, we acted quickly to significantly reduce the number of people working in our Downers Grove and Houston offices, and to implement personal hygiene and social distancing measures for the staff who are in the office. Here is a brief update to our key performance areas as we enter a new month of the “new normal.”
Gary Alderson, Manager of Quality Processes at AllTranstek and former Chairman of the RSI QA Committee, is featured in the first edition of the newly revised and expanded RSI Quality Newsletter. You can read the newsletter below: