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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Last week, the Federal government released its semiannual update on regulatory actions to be finalized, proposed, or withdrawn in the coming months.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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06/02/2017

PHMSA and OSHA Prepare for UN GHS and Hazmat Meetings

To prepare for upcoming meetings at the UN, PHMSA and OSHA invite interested parties to attend public meetings on June 20 at the US Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C. A dial-in teleconference will also be available, details for which can be found toward the end of this Federal Register notice.  

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04/28/2017

Report: Train Car Hauling Lithium Batteries Explodes Near Houston

An intermodal container traveling by rail and reportedly carrying recycled lithium batteries caught fire and exploded outside of downtown Houston last week.  

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04/24/2017

PHMSA Revises DOT-39 Hazmat Cylinder Safety Alert

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has revised a safety advisory issued in December 2016 for hazmat shippers and users of DOT Specification 39 (DOT-39) cylinders. In the Federal Register on April 24, 2017, PHMSA clarified the following...   

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