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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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04/18/2017

PHMSA Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will raise civil penalties for 49 CFR hazmat violations, including failure to provide hazmat training for covered employees.

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03/30/2017

Finally Final: PHMSA Publishes HM 215N Hazmat Harmonization Rule

To harmonize the US hazmat shipping rules with international standards, US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officially published its highly anticipated hazmat rulemaking HM 215N to the Federal Register today.

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03/21/2017

Building the Perfect Hazmat Basic Description

The shipping paper is one of the most important documents in the hazmat shipping process. Call it a bill of lading, declaration, IMO, Shipper’s Dec, manifest, or whatever you want it’s a certified written record of what is being shipped, the hazards present, how much is there, and where to go for more information.

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03/20/2017

PHMSA Extends Comment Period for Crude Oil Volatility Proposal

The public comment period for this ANPRM was set to end on March 20—but has now been extended for an additional 60 days, in part due to requests from major industry stakeholders including the American Petroleum Institute. Comments on this potential crude oil rulemaking are now due before May 19, 2017. 

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01/30/2017

President Issues Executive Order to Slash Regulations

An Executive Order issued by the Office of the President on January 30, 2017 calls for a reduction in the number of Federal regulations impacting US businesses. Specifically, the executive order calls for two existing regulations to be repealed for each new regulation created.

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01/25/2017

Updated: DOT Withdraws 2017 Lithium Battery Updates for Now

URGENT: PHMSA has withdrawn its HM 215N Final Rule after the Agency last week announced it as Final and effective as of January 18, 2017.

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01/16/2017

PHMSA Starts Rolling on New Crude Oil Volatility Standards

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking input on potentially establishing vapor pressure limits for unrefined petroleum-based products (and potentially all Class 3 liquids) shipped by any mode.

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