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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prepared by hazardous waste training leader
Lion Technology Inc., this report covers what’s
happened since the new hazardous waste rules took effect.