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To: BNSF Carload Customers

BNSF Further Aligns Hazmat Handling With Recent Freight Rail Security Regulations Effective October 1, 2009

On April 1, 2009, new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations were put into effect to improve the security of Rail Security Sensitive Materials (RSSM), including toxic inhalation and poison inhalation hazard commodities (TIH/PIH), high explosives, and certain radioactive shipments. At the heart of the TSA’s new Freight Rail Security Rules is a requirement to ensure that transfers of custody of RSSM between shippers, railroads, and consignees are attended by representatives of both the transferring and receiving parties. BNSF has since worked with customers and other railroads to adapt operating practices to comply with the new regulations.

Effective Thursday, October 1, 2009, BNSF will put in place new processes to ensure that RSSM shipments in previously unused lanes will also be compliant with TSA regulations:

    Please note that, effective October 1, 2009, any BNSF Price Authority governing the transportation of RSSM will not apply when such shipments are routed via Interchange Junctions covered by Note 125 or to/from stations covered by Note 126 published in the Official Railroad Station List (OPSL 6000 series) maintained by Railinc Corporation and the AAR.

    Customers wanting to ship RSSM to interchange junctions and BNSF-registered off-network stations covered by these OPSL notes must contact their BNSF Marketing Representative before submitting the waybill. These stations either have not hosted RSSM shipments in the past two years or have known barriers to compliance. This measure will enable BNSF to conduct a review to ensure that the contemplated movement will be in compliance with applicable TSA regulations while it travels on BNSF, and identify alternative routing on BNSF’s network, if necessary.
This change will affect all RSSM, which includes TIH/PIH, more than 5,000 lbs of a division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 Explosive material and Class 7 radioactive materials for both shippers and receivers. RSSM is defined by the TSA in the Code of Federal Regulations at 49 C.F.R. 1580. For informational purposes, BNSF maintains a list of RSSM on our Homeland Security Web page; customers should review the applicable regulations in place at the time of shipment.

If you have any questions, please contact your BNSF Marketing Representative. Your business is important to us. Thank you for choosing BNSF Railway as your transportation service provider.

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