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07/07/2020

Spring 2020 Regulatory Agenda Published

The Spring 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions was released just before the July 4th holiday. 

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06/12/2020

How's My Regulating? PHMSA Seeks More Stakeholder Input

PHMSA's plan is to collect information using customer surveys, comment cards, and other methods. The feedback will help PHMSA organize and focus their efforts, communicate more effectively with stakeholders, and evaluate changes to “improve delivery of products or services.”

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05/15/2020

PHMSA Affirms Preemption of NYC’s Hazmat Permit Fee

PHMSA found that “the city created its own independent set of cargo containment, equipment, and related requirements that overlap extensive HMR requirements and are likely to encourage noncompliance with the HMR.”

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05/12/2020

PHMSA Pre-Empts Washington State Crude-by-Rail Rule

Update 05/11/20: PHMSA has finalized its preemption determination and found that Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law preempts Washington State's vapor pressure requirement for crude oil by rail.  

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05/11/2020

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA HM 215-O Hazmat Harmonization Rule

On May 11, US DOT PHMSA finalized a long-delayed rulemaking (HM-215O) to harmonize the 49 CFR regulations with evolving international standards.

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05/08/2020

Small Quantities, Big Differences

The reliefs and requirements for shipping hazardous materials/DG in limited quantities vary greatly from one mode of transportation to another. Here we break down what's required if you ship limited quantities by ground (49 CFR), air (IATA DGR), or vessel (IMDG Code). 

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04/28/2020

Join the Hazmat Special Permit Party

Like at any party, there are rules to follow and party fouls to avoid when you want to obtain "party status" to a hazmat special permit. 

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04/27/2020

USPS Revises Infectious Substances Shipping Rules

USPS has revised its Publication 52 regulations for mailing Category B Infectious Substances “to support the rapid deployment of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic tests…”  

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04/27/2020

PHMSA Provides Partial Relief for Shipping Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants by Ground

To make it easier for carriers to provide hand sanitizers and disinfectants to workers throughout the supply chain, PHMSA will provide relief for the transport of these items on a motor vehicle for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of employees and contractors who directly support a carrier’s logistical operations.

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04/20/2020

IATA and FAA Release Guidance to Carry Cargo on Passenger Aircraft During COVID-19 Emergency

US FAA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have both released guidance pertaining to the use of passenger aircraft to safely transport cargo and/or mail during the COVID-19 global health crisis.

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