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09/18/2017

2 Shippers Fined for Hazmat Air Violations

This month, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed civil penalties for two shippers who allegedly violated US DOT hazmat shipping requirements, including a $50,000 fine for 142 lithium batteries found in an employee's checked luggage. 

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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Last week, the Federal government released its semiannual update on regulatory actions to be finalized, proposed, or withdrawn in the coming months.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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08/14/2017

The Hazmat Packaging Party Guide

Hazmat packagings come in all shapes and sizes: from single bottles and fiberboard boxes to cylinders, bulk tanks, IBCs, and more. When exposed to the rigors of ground, air, or vessel transport, your shipment is only as safe as the packaging you select.

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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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06/30/2017

USPS Simplifies Rules for Ethanol-based Flammables

USPS has announced simplified requirements for marking and documenting certain air-eligible shipments of ethanol-based flammable liquids and solids, such as perfumes.   

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06/30/2017

FAA Fines Oklahoma Shipper $63K for Hazmat Violations

US FAA this week issued a press release to announce hazmat enforcement action against an Oklahoma shipper who allegedly offered a corrosive liquid product for air transport. When the shipment was discovered to be leaking at a UPS sorting facility in Austin, TX, workers reported the incident to FAA.   

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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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06/09/2017

Lithium Battery Fire Leads to Emergency Landing for JetBlue Flight

Last week, a San Francisco-bound commercial flight was diverted after taking off from New York’s JFK airport when a lithium battery-powered device caught fire in a passenger’s carry-on bag.   

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05/23/2017

DOT Rules for Modifying Hazmat Shipping Names

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet. The same might be said for hazardous materials—no matter what Proper Shipping Name you choose, your material will exhibit the same hazards and be just as dangerous to supply-chain workers and emergency response personnel. That’s why choosing the right shipping name is so important.   

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