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08/19/2011

PHMSA Proposes to Incorporate Rail Special Permits into the Hazardous Materials Regulations

Yesterday at 76 FR 51324, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed to amend the Hazardous Material Regulations to incorporate certain widely used and long-standing special permits applicable to rail transport of hazmat.
 
The special permits in question are...

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08/19/2011

TSA Amends Air Cargo Screening Rules: Eliminates 3rd-Party Certifiers

Yesterday at 76 FR 51848, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) in response to public comments amended two provisions of the Air Cargo Screening Interim Final Rule (IFR) originally issued on September 16, 2009.
 
In response to public comment, this Final Rule removes all provisions for...

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07/26/2011

PHMSA Responds to Petitions, Revises Special Permit Application Procedures

On January 5, 2011 (76 FR 454), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published amendments to the application procedures for hazardous material special permits. These amendments required applicants for special permits to provide more information about their operations so that PHMSA could better evaluate the safety impact of...

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07/26/2011

New Rules from Fedex Ground for Hazmat Shipments

If you’ve ever tried to ship hazmat overnight, you probably know that Fedex does not accept any shipments of dangerous goods unless you first let them give you a once-over and approve your shipping procedures.
 
You may not know that “effective August 1, 2011, FedEx Ground will require all hazardous materials paperwork to be completed and...

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07/20/2011

Miscellaneous Amendments to Hazmat Regulations

On July 20, 2011, at 76 FR 43510 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) to make miscellaneous amendments to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements.
 
These amendments were based on petitions from the regulated community and PHMSA’s own initiative. The amendments are intended to update, clarify, or provide...

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07/19/2011

Question of the Week: DOT Rules for Reusing Drums for Shipping Hazardous Waste

Q. As a small manufacturer, we buy lots of chemicals each month to use as solvents, purifiers, or catalysts. When we’re done, we ship the used chemicals back to the supplier for recycling and, in many cases, eventual reuse.  
Most of the time, when we return-ship this hazardous waste, we refill the waste material into the...

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07/08/2011

The Spring 2011 Regulatory Agenda: PHMSA

On July 7, 2011, Federal regulatory agencies published their semiannual regulatory agendas and regulatory plans as required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act [5 U.S.C. 602]. The agenda is where agencies summarize all current or projected rulemakings and review existing regulations and completed actions. While the detailed agendas are no longer published in the Federal Register...

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07/06/2011

U.S. DOT Requires Training for Shippers of Dry Ice

Dry ice is commonly used by the medical, pharmaceutical, and food industries to keep perishable goods frozen during shipment. The substance poses a variety of health and safety threats, including explosion and suffocation. With enforcement on the rise, thorough knowledge of the regulations is essential to avoid penalties for non-compliance that can be as high as...

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06/21/2011

Finding Out More About the Hazardous Material Regulations

There are 34 pages in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005 [HMTA; Pub. L. 109-59] and 1,105 pages in the Hazardous Material Regulations [HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180] to enforce that law. These laws and rules govern every element of hazardous materials transportation safety and security. Have you ever read or skimmed through them? Do you know where to find a copy...

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06/15/2011

NACD Also Objects to PHMSA’s Cargo Tank Unloading Rule

Following up from yesterday’s post, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), like the ATA, is also objecting to overreaching elements of PHMSA’s proposed regulations for cargo tank loading and unloading...

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