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01/30/2018

PHMSA Now Drafting Crude-by-Rail Final Rule

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao this month updated Congress on the progress of PHMSA’s rulemaking “Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans for High-Hazard Flammable Trains,” also known as HM-251B.

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01/05/2018

CSB Releases Report on Atchison, KS Chlorine Gas Release

The US Chemical Safety Board this week released a new video and case study that detail the October 2016 release of chlorine gas from a grain processing and distilling facility in Atchison, Kansas.

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01/05/2018

IATA Posts Addendum I to the 2018 DGR

On December 22, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released Addendum I to its 59th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), in effect for hazmat air shippers as of January 1, 2018.   

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01/02/2018

New DG Regulations in Effect as of Jan. 1

A quick reminder as we start the new year: If you package dangerous goods for air or vessel transport, be sure you have the latest editions of the IATA DGR and the IMDG Code at the ready. New editions of both the air shipping and vessel shipping manuals took effect on January 1.

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01/02/2018

DOT Hazmat Rules Planned for 2018

US DOT and US EPA last week released semiannual Agendas of rulemaking activities, many of which could impact hazardous materials professionals in 2018. Today, let’s review those new or changing restrictions and requirements that are most likely to hit the books as Final Rules this year.   

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12/12/2017

Less Famous Hazmat Marks and Labels

These lesser-known hazmat marks and labels may not the get the exposure or the press that Class 3's, Class 8's and lithium batteries enjoy, but they deserve a chance in the spotlight. You never know when recognizing one of these could help you or your employees manage a dangerous situation.

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12/11/2017

Lithium Battery Shipper to Pay $1.1M for Alleged Hazmat Violations

For allegedly shipping 24-volt lithium-ion batteries that did not conform to UN test standards or US Hazardous Materials Regulations requirements, a Florida lithium battery manufacturer now faces a $1,100,000 fine from US FAA.   

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12/05/2017

IATA Posts 2018 Dangerous Goods Acceptance Checklists for Air Shipments

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently posted new 2018 acceptance checklists for airline operators to use before accepting dangerous goods for air transport. These new acceptance checklists supplement the 59th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), which takes effect January 1, 2018.   

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11/21/2017

PHMSA Proposes Terminating M- and R-Hazmat Packaging Approvals

In the Federal Register this week, PHMSA proposed to terminate approvals issued to packaging manufacturers and reconditioners, known as M- or R-numbers. The M- and R-numbers eliminated will be those PHMSA issued without an expiration date.   

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11/20/2017

7 Hoverboard Brands Issue Recalls Over Lithium Batteries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of 7 brands of lithium-ion battery powered “hoverboards” or self-balancing scooters this week. The recall impacts about 15,000 hoverboards, which CPSC says can pose a smoke, fire, or explosion hazard due to the potential for lithium-ion battery packs in the devices to overheat. 

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