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07/01/2019

Transport Canada and PHMSA Team Up on Electronic Hazmat Shipping Papers

The Canadian transportation agency will partner with US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to launch the program, which will authorize stakeholders to use digital shipping papers on a trial basis.

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06/24/2019

USPS to Test Smaller Hazmat Labels for Small Quantities

In their most recent Postal Bulletin, USPS announced a pilot program that would allow mailers to use smaller versions of the Excepted Quantity and Limited Quantity hazardous materials markings required on outer packagings.  

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06/24/2019

Fedex to Penalize e-Commerce Shippers $350 Fine for Each Hazmat Violation

Ebay has announced to its sellers that as of June 1, 2019, FedEx is charging a $350 fee for each incident of improperly shipped hazardous materials.

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06/18/2019

E-Manifests and 49 CFR: Paper Copies Still Required

One of the benefits of the e-manifest system is that we no longer need physical hard copies of manifests to accompany hazardous waste shipments.  But just because EPA is fine with no paper copy, the same is not true for the Department of Transportation (DOT).  

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06/17/2019

FRA Withdraws Hazmat Train Staffing Rule

The Federal Rail Administration announced on May 29, 2019 the withdrawal of a proposed rule to set minimum train staffing requirements for certain rail operations, including trains hauling large quantities of hazardous materials. 

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06/11/2019

PHMSA and OSHA Prep for UN Experts Meetings

On Thursday, June 20, US DOT and OSHA will both hold public meetings in preparation for United Nations meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, where the agencies represent US interests on the subjects of chemical safety and hazardous materials transportation.

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06/10/2019

Ask the Expert: The Web's 10 Most Asked Hazmat Questions (Pt. 1)

In our Hazmat Autocomplete Challenge video, we used a popular search engine to collect the most-asked questions about hazardous materials compliance.

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05/28/2019

Spring 2019 Unified Agenda: Hazmat Rules to Watch

Just before Memorial Day weekend, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Updated twice per year, the Unified Agenda gives industry stakeholders and the public a view into rulemaking activities in progress at major Federal agencies.

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05/20/2019

USPS Raises Penalties for Hazmat Postal Violations

The US Postal Service raised its civil penalties for violations of mailability and consumer protection provisions, including violations for shippers of hazardous materials by post.

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05/20/2019

DOT to Form Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee

US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced last week the formation of a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee.

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