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07/29/2022

Chemical Leak Shuts Down South Carolina Interstate

On July 27 at about 5:45 PM, a chemical release from a specialty chemicals facility near Interstate 20 in Elgin, SC led local officials to close a 10 mile stretch of highway. 

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07/28/2022

DOT Train Staffing Rule Back on Track

The US DOT Federal Rail Administration (FRA) proposed a rulemaking to establish minimum staffing requirements for all railroad operations (except those that pose no significant safety risks).

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07/26/2022

Final Rule Alert: Hazmat Harmonization Rule HM-215P

Final Rule HM-215P harmonizes the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international regulations and standards. The rule takes effect on August 25, 2022.

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07/22/2022

IATA's 4 Steps to Safer Lithium Battery Shipments

Following IATA’s Air Transport Forum in Qatar last month, the organization posted an article that suggests four steps to mitigate the danger posed by lithium batteries in air transportation.  

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07/12/2022

Latest DOT Actions on Hazmat Special Permits

US DOT PHMSA announced actions to grant hazmat Special Permits, and applications for new special permits, in the Federal Register on July 12.

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07/06/2022

International Updates for Hazmat Shippers

Updates related to hazardous materials/dangerous goods regulations from around the world. Topics include lithium batteries shipped by air, corrections to the IMDG Code, a major rule proposed by Transport Canada, and more.

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06/29/2022

Air Carriers Want More Action on Lithium Battery Safety

Citing 30% annual growth of the lithium battery market bringing many new shippers into the supply chain, IATA has concerns about mis-declared and undeclared lithium battery shipment being offered into the cycle of transportation.

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06/28/2022

Spring 2022 Regulatory Agenda Released

The semi-annual Agenda details new regulations that Federal agencies like US EPA, US DOT, and OSHA have planned for the near future.

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06/16/2022

CSB Shares Chemical Release Incident Data

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) recently shared a list of accidental chemical releases reported since March 23, 2020—the date a new reporting requirement took effect. 

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06/06/2022

USPS Revises Publication 52 Hazmat Postal Regulations

The US Postal Service has revised its regulations to require separation of hazardous materials from other mail and add restrictions for pre-owned, damaged, or defective electronic devices containing or packed with lithium batteries.

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