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PHMSA Reviews Hazmat Regulations for Small Business

Posted on 5/9/2013 by Roger Marks

In today’s Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) invites small businesses, non-profit organizations, and independently owned and operated businesses affected by the Hazardous Materials Regulations to submit comments regarding the economic impact of those regulations.
 
PHMSA is conducting a formal review of certain sections of the hazmat regulations, namely 49 CFR Parts 106, 107, 171,190, and 195, as required under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
 
The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires government agencies to review each existing regulation for significant economic impacts and assess the following:
 
The continued need for the rule;
  • The nature of complaints or comments received concerning the rule from the public;
  • The complexity of the rule;
  • The extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal rules and, to the extent feasible, with State and local governmental rules; and
  • The length of time since the rule has been evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the area affected.
PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations are found at 49 CFR, Parts 100-185. For the purpose of these periodic reviews, PHMSA divided these rules into ten “groups.” Each group will be analyzed for its effects on small businesses once every ten years.
 
Comments are due by July 8, 2013 and can be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov (Docket # PHMSA-2013-0027).
 
If you would like to submit a comment, you should include the following:
 
  • How and to what degree these rules affect you;
  • Any complaints or comments you may have concerning the covered rules;
  • The complexity of the covered rules;
  • The extent to which the rules overlap, duplicate, or conflict with other Federal rules and to the extent feasible, with State and local government rules; and
  • The extent of the economic impact on you and why you believe the economic impact is significant.
The complete Federal Register notice can be found here.
 

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