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07/26/2012

DOT to Adopt Old Special Permits into Hazardous Materials Regulations

In previous installments of LionBlog’s coverage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill, we discussed rising civil penalties and Congress’ take on the DOT’s Enhanced Enforcement Authority. Today, we will take a look at instructions Congress had for the DOT’s hazmat Special Permits program...

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07/19/2012

Congress Weighs In on DOT’s Enhanced Enforcement Authority

In the MAP 21 highway bill passed earlier this month, Congress further defined the DOT’s Enhanced Enforcement Authority, including placing limits how and when that authority can be used.  The Enhanced Enforcement Authority, or “Package-Open Rule,” was published as a final rule in the Federal Register on March 2, 2011, and authorizes...

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07/17/2012

What's so Great About Excepted Quantities?

Q. What are Excepted Quantity shipments? How do I prepare small packages as excepted quantity shipments by ground and by air?
 
A. Did you know there is a way to avoid almost all of the hazardous material regulations, to ship hazmat with no special packaging, no hazard labels, and no special shipping papers? There’s only one catch...

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07/09/2012

New Highway Bill Raises Civil Penalties for Hazmat Violations

On Friday, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury (MAP-21) highway bill.  This bill made significant changes to the hazmat portions of the current highway law, including increasing civil penalties for hazmat violations...

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07/01/2012

Last Chance to Update Your Shipping Papers

Beginning January 2013, any shipping papers printed with the old style hazmat description (PSN first) will be subject to rejection by the transporter, enhanced inspection by the authorities, and possible civil fines.  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) establishes requirements for...

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06/19/2012

ERI Contract Numbers

Q. I was told by my carrier that, in addition to listing an emergency response telephone number on my shipping papers, I would also need to write down my emergency provider contract number next to it. Is this true?
 
A.  Not exactly.
 
Unless specifically exempted, every hazmat shipment that needs shipping papers also needs...

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05/29/2012

Shipping Dangerous Goods by Air: How to Calculate Q Values

Q. I want to ship a package that contains multiple dangerous goods in the same package. What special concerns do I have when preparing it for air shipment?
 
A. When shipping dangerous goods by air, most carriers require you to follow the...

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05/15/2012

Don’t Forget Hazmat Registrations Are Due By June 30!

Q. Does a company always need to register with the DOT if it ships hazardous materials?
 
A. Not everyone who ships or carries hazmat needs to register the activity with the DOT. Only those who transport, or offer for transport, any quantity of high-consequence material, or large quantities of any hazardous material need to file paperwork and...

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04/17/2012

The Materials of Trade Exception

Q. I was told I can move hazardous materials in my own vehicle (like cans of paint, jugs of gasoline, batteries, etc.) without being subject to DOT’s hazmat regulations. Is this true?
 
A. Absolutely! Based on what kind and how much hazardous material you are moving, you may be able to ...

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03/20/2012

Hazmat Shipping Regulations: Domestic vs International

Q. Why can’t I just follow the DOT rules for all modes of transport? Why are there separate rules for air and vessel?
 
A. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), under the authority granted by Congress in the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA), promulgates and enforces the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) that govern the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials in the United States. The HMR are...

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