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05/19/2022

Shipping Unidentified Hazardous Materials

Someday you may have a close encounter with a material or product for which you have no conclusive proof of the chemical makeup, properties, or potential hazards.You could call these UHMs—Unidentified Hazardous Materials.  

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05/16/2022

PHMSA Clarifies Criminal Enforcement Procedures

PHMSA published a Final Rule to clarify that hazardous materials and pipeline inspectors may report actual or possible criminal activity to the US DOT Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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05/04/2022

PHMSA Hazmat Enforcement Discretion on Packaging Tape

US DOT PHMSA announced a policy of enforcement discretion on May 2 for shippers who close a hazardous materials package with an adhesive tape other than the tape called for in the package manufacturer’s closure instructions. 

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04/25/2022

PHMSA to Host Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

US DOT PHMSA will host a virtual meeting of the Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee on May 4, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM EDT. Anyone interested can access the meeting on PHMSA’s website.

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04/21/2022

What 40% of Shippers Miss About DG by Air

Hazardous materials shippers who don’t know the restrictive rules for air transport can easily make mistakes that lead to rejected shipments, customs delays, fines and penalties, and emergency incidents aboard aircraft.  

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04/11/2022

PHMSA Answers Frequently Asked Hazmat Questions

US DOT PHMSA will compile and publish a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to provide clear information about compliance to hazardous materials shippers, manufacturers, and other stakeholders.

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04/01/2022

Third RCRA e-Manifest Rule Proposed

A proposed rule to amend the regulations for electronic hazardous waste manifests appeared in the Federal Register on April 1, 2022.  

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03/28/2022

Video: Revised Lithium Battery Air Regs In Effect April 1

As of April 1, 2022, lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries or cells shipped separately will no longer be accepted for air transportation when prepared under Section II of the relevant IATA DGR Packing Instruction.   

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03/25/2022

After Fire, Coast Guard Holds 48 Containers for Inspection

In response to an isolated fire involving mis-labeled lithium-ion batteries, the US Coast Guard placed a hold on forty-eight cargo containers to search for additional hazardous materials. 

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03/21/2022

DOT Increases Hazmat Civil Penalties for 2022

The maximum civil penalty for a typical violation of the US DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) increased more than $5,000, to $89,678 per day, per violation. 

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