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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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03/15/2012

ICAO’s New Rules for Lithium Battery Air Shipments

Last month in Montreal, the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held a working group to discuss the unique hazards and challenges facing shippers and carriers of lithium batteries. Representatives from 13 countries, alongside various industry and labor organizations, joined to address...

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02/28/2012

Hazardous Waste Labels: Industry Standards vs. Regulations

The Hazardous Waste Label: It’s an industry standard, but not actually a Federal rule.
There is no official “EPA Hazardous Waste Label.” Instead, there are a handful of requirements from both the EPA and the DOT for marking and labeling hazardous waste containers before and during shipment. There are also many non-standardized commercial labels that meet some or...

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02/21/2012

New Limited Quantity Rules to Phase-out Consumer Commodities

If you ship limited quantities of hazmat, including consumer commodities, it’s important to learn the new procedures, because the DOT has already begun phasing out the old procedures. The phase-out period is planned for the end of next year. Shippers need to make sure they know how the new rules will affect their shipments...

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02/02/2012

FAA Reauthorization Imminent: New Rules for Lithium Batteries May be Affected

After years of temporary extensions, the House and Senate have agreed on legislation to reauthorize and make improvements to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 
Among the many provisions in the conference report, Congress intends to curtail the Department of Transportation from creating or enforcing any regulations that restrict the transportation of...

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02/02/2012

PHMSA to Hold Public Meeting on Special Permits & Approvals

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold a public meeting to discuss the Special Permit and Approval program on February 29, 2012, in Washington D.C. Specifically, the meeting will discuss PHMSA’s work on developing an automated system for quantitatively assessing applicants fitness for Special Permits & Approvals. This meeting is the regulated...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Hazardous Materials Safety

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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