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03/20/2012

Hazmat Shipping Regulations: Domestic vs International

Q. Why can’t I just follow the DOT rules for all modes of transport? Why are there separate rules for air and vessel?
 
A. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), under the authority granted by Congress in the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA), promulgates and enforces the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) that govern the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials in the United States. The HMR are...

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03/15/2012

ICAO’s New Rules for Lithium Battery Air Shipments

Last month in Montreal, the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held a working group to discuss the unique hazards and challenges facing shippers and carriers of lithium batteries. Representatives from 13 countries, alongside various industry and labor organizations, joined to address...

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02/28/2012

Hazardous Waste Labels: Industry Standards vs. Regulations

The Hazardous Waste Label: It’s an industry standard, but not actually a Federal rule.
There is no official “EPA Hazardous Waste Label.” Instead, there are a handful of requirements from both the EPA and the DOT for marking and labeling hazardous waste containers before and during shipment. There are also many non-standardized commercial labels that meet some or...

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02/21/2012

New Limited Quantity Rules to Phase-out Consumer Commodities

If you ship limited quantities of hazmat, including consumer commodities, it’s important to learn the new procedures, because the DOT has already begun phasing out the old procedures. The phase-out period is planned for the end of next year. Shippers need to make sure they know how the new rules will affect their shipments...

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02/14/2012

Federal Register Prints Flexibility Agendas

Yesterday, the Federal Register finally published the Fall 2011 Regulatory Flexibility Agendas, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 USC 602). Compared to the Unified Agenda published last month (and discussed ), the Flexibility Agendas only include rules that have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (SEIOSNOSE) or are otherwise identified as significant rulemakings. Ever since the OMB took the lead on managing the agendas...

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02/02/2012

FAA Reauthorization Imminent: New Rules for Lithium Batteries May be Affected

After years of temporary extensions, the House and Senate have agreed on legislation to reauthorize and make improvements to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 
Among the many provisions in the conference report, Congress intends to curtail the Department of Transportation from creating or enforcing any regulations that restrict the transportation of...

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02/02/2012

PHMSA to Hold Public Meeting on Special Permits & Approvals

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold a public meeting to discuss the Special Permit and Approval program on February 29, 2012, in Washington D.C. Specifically, the meeting will discuss PHMSA’s work on developing an automated system for quantitatively assessing applicants fitness for Special Permits & Approvals. This meeting is the regulated...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Hazardous Materials Safety

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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01/17/2012

ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel Report

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released the report of the twenty-third meeting of the Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) which was held in Montreal Canada last October. Click to read the 447 page report.
 
During the meeting, the DGP agreed on several proposals to amend...

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01/17/2012

Question of the Week: When do I need a Security Plan?

Q. When do I need a hazmat security plan? Do I need a different plan for each placarded shipment?
 
A. Since 2003, the Department of Transportation has required some hazmat shippers and carriers to create security plans under 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart I. These plans are to ensure that...

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