On Valentine’s Day 2019, US DOT announced a forthcoming Final Rule to require railroads to develop and submit Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans (COSRPs) for routes traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains.
Whether you’re shopping for a last-minute gift of perfume or cologne, painting your nails or applying mascara for a hot date, or un-corking a bottle of wine to drink by candlelight, flammable and combustible materials play a major role in our celebration of this lovers’ holiday.
For those of us who experience the joys of shipping lithium batteries, you have probably come to the realization that the regulators like to change the rules regarding them and do that on a frequent basis. Just when you finally get your operations in order, they change what is required.
The owner of a trucking company has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for hazardous materials shipping violations, conspiracy, fraud, and obstruction of justice.
Lithium battery events are actually very unlikely. When calculated out, there are usually only around two or three battery-related events per one million batteries. However, when an event does occur, it is extremely dangerous.
Amazon has introduced new fees related to dangerous goods shipped using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, which apply to flammable or pressurized aerosols and items containing lithium ion batteries.
Hazmat safety inspections are continuing through the current partial government shutdown. Despite a lapse in funding, both PHMSA and FAA staff remain on the job to inspect shipping facilities, carriers, cylinder re-conditioners, and packaging testers as the shutdown stretches on.
This minor adjustment occurs once per year—but with penalties assessed on a per day, per violation basis, even small increases to penalties can quickly add up.
Updates in the proposed rule will incorporate recent amendments to international regulation and consensus standards into 49 CFR and make changes to nearly every part of the hazmat rules, including Proper Shipping Names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, and quantity limits.
Complying with rules from two different regulatory agencies at the same time can be very tricky territory. Here's how to tackle it.
Some of the limited quantity reliefs are identical across the intermodal transport rules, but others are reserved for specific modes of transport. Shippers can and should capitalize on these limited quantity reliefs when possible, but must recognize that some hazmat requirements still apply to shipping limited quantities.