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11/29/2016

December Hazmat Training in Chicago, St. Louis, & more!

With 2017 only weeks away, shippers face changing 49 CFR hazmat regulations—including major updates finalized by PHMSA this year. Hazmat shipping mistakes are now more costly than ever: PHMSA raised its penalties for hazmat shipping violations this year from $75,000 per day, per violation to $77,114 per day, per violation.

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11/21/2016

DOT Proposes Update to Rules for ID Numbers on Cargo Tanks Carrying Fuels

In today’s Federal Register, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed a rule to update the hazardous materials marking requirements for cargo tanks that carry petroleum-based fuels. The proposal is a direct response to the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act, or PIPES Act, signed into law in June 2016.

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09/28/2016

Samsung Granted Hazmat Special Permit to Ship Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Phones

In response to the ongoing recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has granted an emergency special permit to Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 

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09/22/2016

PHMSA Releases Safety Advisory for Defective or Damaged Lithium Batteries

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today posted a safety advisory to the Federal Register to inform the public of the hazards posed by defective, damaged, or recalled lithium batteries and devices containing these batteries. 

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07/29/2016

PHMSA Proposes Expanded Oil Spill Response Plan Rules for Railroads

In the Federal Register on Friday, July 29, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed a rulemaking to expand the comprehensive oil spill response plans (OSRP) required for railroads that transport “High Hazard Flammable Trains” (HHFTs).

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07/21/2016

USPS Updates Hazmat Packaging Rules in Publication 52

In a notice posted to the Federal Register today, the United States Postal Service announced the addition of a new Excepted Quantity Provision to the hazardous materials packaging provisions found in Publication 52. The updates bring the USPS rules up to date with changes PHMSA made to its Hazardous Materials Regulation (HMR) back in 2009.

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06/30/2016

PHMSA Posts More Changes to 49 CFR Hazmat Rules

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today proposed a number of additions, corrections, and updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in 49 CFR.

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06/29/2016

PHMSA Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties

In the Federal Register today, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted an Interim Final Rule to raise the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of Federal hazardous materials regulations, law, special permits, and approvals.  

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06/22/2016

FMCSA Updates Hazmat Safety Permit Rules for Radioactives Transporters

In the Federal Register on Friday, June 17, the US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) posted a Rule to update the vehicle inspection requirements for motor carriers who transport highway-route control quantities (HRCQ) of radioactive materials.

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06/20/2016

Size Matters: Shipping Hazmat in Big Boxes

“Good things come in small packages,” the saying goes. But when you ship hazardous materials, sometimes a small package or combination packaging just won’t get the job done.

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