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10/24/2011

Feature Article: 49 CFR Keeping Up With the Changes

Each year on the first day of October, the Government Printing office (GPO) publishes a new edition of the last quarter of the Code of Federal Regulations, including Title 49-Transportation. This annual printing includes all rule changes, amendments, and modifications made since the last edition.
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration typically publishes...

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09/22/2011

Question of the Week: Shipping Samples Under 49 CFR 172.101(c)

Q. I have a material I need to ship off site that might be a DOT hazmat, but I’m not sure. I want to send a sample to a laboratory for testing, but how do I do that if I don’t know what its properties are? What do I have to do to ship this sample in compliance with the DOT’s regulations when I don’t know what kind of hazmat it is in the first place...

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09/16/2011

Updates to DOT Hazmat Rules

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”...

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09/15/2011

Hazmat Special Permits Update 2011

On January 5, 2011, at 76 FR 454, PHMSA made a series of changes to the special permit application system. One of the new rules required all applicants to name the CEO or president of the company when filing for a special permit (including extensions, modifications, and party-to applications). PHMSA’s intent here was “…to ensure...

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08/31/2011

49 CFR: Keeping Up With the Changes

Each year on the first day of October, the Government Printing office (GPO) publishes a new edition of the last quarter of the Code of Federal Regulations, including Title 49-Transportation. This annual printing includes all rule changes, amendments, and modifications made since the last edition. 
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration typically publishes....

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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

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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