Trump nominates rail executve for PHMSA post

President Trump has nominated a railroad executive to head the federal agency that oversees pipelines and hazardous materials, Kallanish Energy reports.

Howard “Skip” Elliott is in line to become administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

He is a group vice president of public safety, health, environment and security for CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, Fla. CSX Transportation, part of CSX Corp., is the largest transporter of coal in the eastern U.S.

Elliott has 40 years’ of experience in the freight rail industry.

His nomination is subject to U.S. Senate approval. It was submitted Monday.

The intended nomination was endorsed by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. Said president and CEO Don Santa, “INGAA applauds the announcement of President Trump’s intent to nominate Howard Elliott to serve, as PHMSA administrator. Elliott, if confirmed, would bring extensive experience and leadership in safety, security, operations and emergency management to PHMSA.

“We urge the president to nominate, and the Senate to hold a hearing and quickly confirm this qualified nominee,” he said, in a statement.

The federal agency was created in 2004 and includes two offices: pipeline safety and hazardous materials safety.