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06/04/2021

USPS to Update Hazmat Limited Quantity Rules

The US Postal Service will remove references to ORM-D from its Publication 52 requirements to harmonize the mail standards with US DOT's Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 

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06/04/2021

Sunken Ship Threatens Lasting Environmental Damage

A sinking cargo ship carrying 25 tons of nitric acid reminds us what's at stake when dangerous goods are shipped and transported by vessel. 

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05/17/2021

DOT to Reconsider LNG by Rail Rule

US DOT will reconsider a Final Rule promulgated in July 2020 that authorized the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG)—also known as “Methane, refrigerated liquid”—in rail tank cars.    

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05/17/2021

Train Hauling Hazmat Derails, Residents Evacuated

On Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2021, forty-seven railcars derailed and several exploded into flames near the town of Sibley, Iowa.

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05/12/2021

USPS May Restrict e-Cigarettes, e-Liquids in Mail

Update 5/12/21: On April 19, USPS issued new guidance to assist ENDS mailers in preparing exception applications for submission following the final rule.  

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05/12/2021

Remembering ValuJet 592: 25 Years Later

25 years ago this week, on May 11, 1996, one of the most tragic and widely publicized hazmat transportation incidents in American history occurred. 

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05/03/2021

DOT Raises Hazmat Penalties for Second Time in 2021

For the second time this year, US DOT has increased the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 

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04/26/2021

Don’t Keep Your Hazmat Special Permit A Secret

Why failure to mark a Special Permit number on your packaging, when applicable, can significantly impact transportation safety.  

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04/20/2021

What is Hazmat Safety Training and Who Needs It?

US DOT and OSHA both require training for employees who handle hazardous chemicals. Does this mean that employers must train each worker twice–once to satisfy DOT's safety training rule and once to satisfy OSHA's? No, it doesn't. 

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04/19/2021

How to Ship Hazardous Waste Samples

Before you can accurately classify and package a hazardous material for transport, you need to know what it is. Sometimes, that means shipping a sample of a waste offsite to determine its properties. Here's what to do when faced with this conundrum.  

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