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04/06/2011

ATA Petitions for Reduced Regulations

On April 1, the American Trucking Association (ATA) filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to repeal obsolete and overly burdensome regulations.
 
This petition was filed in response to the President’s Executive Order 13563...

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03/29/2011

Question of the Week: Exceptions for Lithium Batteries

Q. I have been told that I cannot ship lithium batteries as limited quantities, but can receive similar relief when following the special provisions found in the 171.101 Hazardous Materials Table. How do the two types of relief compare? A. It is true that lithium batteries shipped under the DOT Hazardous Material Regulations cannot be shipped under the limited quantity exceptions. However...

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03/15/2011

PHMSA Proposes New Regulations for Cargo Tanks

On March 11, 2011 at 76 FR 13313, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to mandate...

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03/15/2011

PHMSA Finalizes Enhanced Enforcement Authority Procedures

On March 2, 2011 PHMSA published a final rule implementing enhanced enforcement procedures authorized by the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005. These new procedures...

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02/15/2011

Pointing in the Right Direction

Q. Our pick-and-pack operation ships lots of different kinds of hazardous material in many arrangements. Some of our boxes have up arrows, some do not. When do we need to use up arrows? Is there any time we can’t use them? A. Orientation arrows, or “up arrows,” are required whenever you ship hazardous materials in one of these packages...

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01/19/2011

PHMSA Publishes HM215-K, International Harmonization Rule

On January 19, 2011 (76 FR 3308), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule incorporating into the Hazardous Material Regulations changes based on the 16th Revised Edition the UN Model Regulations, Amendment 35-10 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and the 2011-2012 edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

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01/05/2011

IATA Publishes Addendum to the 52nd Edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations

On December 30, 2010, IATA published an addendum to the 52nd Edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), an adaptation of the ICAO Technical Instructions for carriage of dangerous goods by aircraft. These revisions became effective on January 1, 2011.

Highlights of the Addendum include...

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01/05/2011

DOT Revises Special Permit Application Requirements

On January 5, 2011, the U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule revising and clarifying its procedures for special permit applications [76 FR 454]. The revisions will require the applicant to provide more information that will be used by PHMSA to determine...

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