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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

US 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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06/14/2011

Coast Guard Forms Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)

The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) to advise the Department of Homeland Security and the Guard on the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials in bulk...

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06/14/2011

ATA Opposes Proposed Rules for Loading/Unloading Hazmat Cargo Tanks

On June 9, the American Trucking Association (ATA) filed comments with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, criticizing its proposal to require...

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06/09/2011

Report on PHMSA’s Pre-UN Public Meeting

On June 8, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (DOT-PHMSA) held a public meeting to consider proposals for the 18th Revised Edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations, which will be implemented on January 21, 2015...

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06/06/2011

Homeland Security Announces Regulatory Review Plan

In today’s Federal Register (76 FR 32331), the Department of Homeland Security announced its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Regulations, pursuant to Executive Order 13563. The plan was developed in part from the public input solicited by DHS in the Federal Register on March 14, 2011, “Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under Executive...

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