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06/08/2018

PHMSA Relaxes Position on Hazmat Package Closures and Tape

In May 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new interpretation of the 49 CFR hazmat rules to clarify the agency’s position on package closures. In the past, PHMSA has held that “changing the size (e.g., width) of tape from that specified in the packaging test report and closure notification constitutes a change in design.“  

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06/04/2018

E-Manifests Go Live on June 30—Are You Ready?

If you're not up to speed on electronic hazardous waste manifests, the time to learn is now: EPA will officially unveil the e-manifest system on June 30, 2018. That leaves just 25 days (18 business days!) to prepare for the new system and how it will impact your facility.  

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06/04/2018

RCRA Definition of Solid Waste Revised Again

The latest update to EPA's Definition of Solid Waste will re-instate the 2008 “transfer based exclusion” for reclamation activities and adjust the “four factors” for legitimate recycling, which EPA bolstered in the 2015 DSW rule.

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05/25/2018

Remember, New Jersey: Fireworks Are Hazardous Materials

Fireworks are fun, and they inspire wonder in children and adults alike. But unlike other holiday necessities like hamburger buns, hot dogs, and paper plates, consumer fireworks are regulated as Division 1.4G explosives when transported on public roads—and for good reason

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05/24/2018

CSB Chairperson Announces Resignation

US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announced her resignation from the Board on May 21. Sutherland’s resignation comes amidst repeated threats from the President to de-fund the chemical safety agency...

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05/23/2018

PHMSA Requests Input on 2020 Emergency Response Guide

In the Federal Register on May 23, US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requested input from hazardous materials emergency responders regarding updates to the forthcoming 2020 edition of the Emergency Response Guide (ERG).  

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05/23/2018

Can I Use State Waste Codes on the e-Manifest?

EPA's Electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest (e-Manifest) System launches in about 40 days. A major concern about the adoption of e-Manifests is how EPA will implement unique state hazardous waste codes from states like California, New York, Texas, and others.  

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05/21/2018

PHMSA to Address 2-mm Border Rule for Hazmat Labels

Following the lead of international authorities, DOT now plans to rescind or otherwise un-do a requirement for all hazmat labels to feature a 2-millimeter solid line forming the inner border.

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05/21/2018

4 New Hazmat Rules to Watch for in 2018-19

On May 10, 2018, PHMSA, along with other Federal Agencies, published its Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2018. That Agenda lists a handful of new rules pertaining to hazardous materials transportation safety, which PHMSA plans to promulgate in the second half of the year.  

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05/11/2018

New PHMSA Hazmat Special Permits and Applications

The DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 10 posted notice of applications for new hazmat special permits and Agency decisions regarding existing special permits applications.  

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