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Updates to DOT Hazmat Rules

Posted on 9/16/2011 by James Griffin

On September 13, 2011, at 76 FR 56304, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its annual cleanup rule in preparation for the October 1, 2011, recodification of 49 CFR.
This final rule, “Minor Editorial Corrections and Clarifications” (Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0134 (HM-244D), RIN 2137-AE77), “corrects editorial errors, makes minor regulatory changes and, in response to requests for clarification, improves the clarity of certain provisions in the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The intended effect of this rule is to enhance the accuracy and reduce misunderstandings of the regulations.” The amendments contained in this rule do not impose new requirements.
The rule makes numerous changes throughout the Hazardous Material Regulations. Here is a list of the most significant changes:
  • Updated contact information for special permit applications, incident reports, and other official communications.
  • Clarified naming requirements for certain compressed gases (such as aerosols, argon, helium, etc.).
  • Corrected errors in the Hazardous Materials Table (49 CFR 172.101).
  • Removed obsolete references to transition dates that are long gone.
  • Fixed references that incorrectly cross-referenced toxic inhalation materials to Class 7 radioactive materials.
  • Restored explosive packagings that were accidently removed from 49 CFR 173.62.
  • Corrected references found under the gases classification section (49 CFR 173.15).

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