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PHMSA Adds 96 Hazmat Special Permits into HMR

Posted on 1/18/2016 by Roger Marks

Update 01/21/16: PHMSA's Final Rule to incoporate hazmat special permits into the Hazardous Materials Regualtions appeared in the Federal Register today, January 21. 

As part of an ongoing effort to incorporate widely used hazmat special permits into the text of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) this week submitted a new Final Rule for publication in the Federal Register. Required under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and originally proposed in January 2015, the new Final Rule is part of DOT’s effort to modernize the hazmat regulations.

For shippers, this means universal access to the flexibility offered by these special permits and relief from the paperwork burden of applying and renewing special permit requests.

Which Hazmat Special Permits Made the Cut?

The 96 hazmat special permits proposed for incorporation in the HMR fall into six topic areas:

  1. General requirements for cylinders: including SP 6530 authorizing transport of certain hydrogen mixtures in cylinders filled to 110% of their marked service pressure
  2. Non-destructive testing of cylinders: including alternatives to the hot water bath test for aerosols
  3. Cargo Tanks/Rail Cars/Portable Tanks: including SP 12039 authorizing transportation in commerce of DOT 113120W tank cars containing refrigerated ethylene at 20 psig instead of the usual maximum 10 psig
  4. Air/Vessel Cargo Operations: including SP 11691, waiving segregation requirements for the transport in commerce of certain flammable and corrosive liquids that are the ingredients in soft drinks (beverages) when stowed in the same transport unit
  5. Highway/Rail/Shipper/Other Cargo Operations: including SP 11043 waiving segregation requirements for certain Division 2.3 materials and other exceptions to the segregation requirements
  6. Non-bulk packaging specifications and IBCs: including SP 13548 authorizing the transport in commerce of lead acid batteries and packages of battery acid on the same vehicle
                                    49 CFR hazmat regulations special permits

Hazmat Special Permits Not Incorporated

PHMSA has deemed more than 1,000 special permits unsuitable for incorporation into the HMR. These special permits were either:

  1. Too specific;
  2. Not in wide use;
  3. Addressed in another active rulemaking; or
  4. Previously incorporated into the HMR.
For a full list of Special Permits incorporated into the HMR in this rulemaking, see PHMSA’s pre-publication version of the Final Rule here.
 
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