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11/21/2017

PHMSA Proposes Terminating M- and R-Hazmat Packaging Approvals

In the Federal Register this week, PHMSA proposed to terminate approvals issued to packaging manufacturers and reconditioners, known as M- or R-numbers. The M- and R-numbers eliminated will be those PHMSA issued without an expiration date.   

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10/20/2017

PHMSA Answers Hazmat Package Test Questions

In the sole letter of interpretation posted to PHMSA’s website last month, the administration answered four questions about hazmat packaging requirements for radioactive materials from the Packaging Management Council. 

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10/12/2017

Former CSX Executive Skip Elliott Confirmed as New PHMSA Administrator

The US Senate last week confirmed a new Administrator to head up the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Howard “Skip” Elliott.  

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10/06/2017

PHMSA Waives HMR Requirements for Hurricane Maria Disaster Areas

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) last week issued emergency Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) compliance waivers for persons performing recovery or cleanup work in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands under the direction of US EPA Region 2 or the US Coast Guard.   

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09/25/2017

PHMSA Issues 3 Emergency Hazmat Compliance Waivers for Hurricane-affected Areas

PHMSA on Monday issued Emergency Waivers for persons conducting EPA-directed recovery and cleanup operations in areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This waiver will provide reprieve from compliance requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) under certain conditions.   

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09/11/2017

2 New PHMSA Hazmat Interpretations for August 2017

Last month, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued two hazmat interpretations of interest to shippers, freight forwarders, and carriers.  

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08/28/2017

Spring 2017 Unified Regulatory Agenda Released

Last week, the Federal government released its semiannual update on regulatory actions to be finalized, proposed, or withdrawn in the coming months. Officially titled the “Current Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” and released twice per year, the report looks a little different this time around.   

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07/18/2017

How and Why Does PHMSA Create New Hazmat Rules?

Each Federal agency’s process for creating new regulations is slightly different. This week, we turn the spotlight on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a sub-unit of the Department of Transportation (DOT). PHMSA’s hazmat rules are found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR), Parts 171–181, et. al.   

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07/07/2017

PHMSA Pre-empts FDNY Hazmat Permit Fee

In the Federal Register yesterday, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in some cases pre-empt hazmat inspection and permit rules created by the New York City Fire Department.   

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06/20/2017

PHMSA Posts Hazmat Special Permit Notices

In the Federal Register on Friday, June 16, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted a series of notices regarding hazardous materials special permits.

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