Short Line Safety Institute Welcomes Skip Elliott as PHMSA Administrator

WASHINGTON – October 6, 2017 – Tom Murta, on behalf of the Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI), offered the following statement regarding last night’s Senate confirmation of Howard “Skip” Elliott for Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

“We look forward to working with Skip Elliott and the team at PHMSA for the advancement of hazardous materials transportation safety,” said Tom Murta, Executive Director, Short Line Safety Institute.  “Having worked closely with Mr. Elliott over the past 17 years I know that he is dedicated to improving training and information exchange between the transportation industry and the emergency response community.”

The SLSI was recently awarded a $500,000 grant by PHMSA to create a Hazardous Materials Training Academy.  The SLSI is uniquely positioned to provide Hazmat education and training to the short line and regional railroad industry with its experience in assessing the strengths and needs of small business railroads that are currently carrying hazmat.