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10/11/2019

Lithium-Ion Battery Creators Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Although the lithium-ion battery is just about 30 years old, it has “created the right conditions for a wireless and fossil fuel-free society, and so brought the greatest benefit to humankind,” according to the Nobel committee. For these reasons, the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to the creators of the lithium-ion battery.  

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10/08/2019

How to Ship Dry Ice by Air with Non-Dangerous Goods

Dry ice – also named “Carbon dioxide, solid” with UN identification number 1845 – is regulated by air as a miscellaneous Class 9 dangerous good. To package dry ice for safe transport by air, shippers must follow some key requirements, outlined here. 

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09/24/2019

Hazmat News: PHMSA Special Permit Actions and More

A roundup of recent hazardous materials regulatory activity, including recent PHMSA actions on hazmat special permits, a hazmat R&D roundtable announced for October, and updates to the National Hazardous Materials Route Registry. 

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09/24/2019

9 1/2 Hazmat Air Shipping Errors to Avoid

To safely ship hazardous materials by any mode of transport, attention to detail is crucial. This is especially true when preparing hazmat air shipments. From special marks and labels used only for the air mode to extra requirements for shipping papers, the rules for shipping hazmat by air are more stringent than the ground regulations–for good reason. 

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09/17/2019

How to Ship Recalled or Damaged Lithium Batteries

Any business that sells lithium battery powered equipment should be ready for the possibility that customers may return devices with damaged batteries or bring back their recalled items for a replacement.

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09/10/2019

Hazmat Autocomplete Challenge: Part 2

In Part 2 of our Hazmat Autocomplete series, Lion instructor Flip De Rea gives unscripted responses to a rapid-fire series of frequently searched-for questions about hazardous materials shipping and compliance.

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09/10/2019

What’s New in the 2020 IATA DGR?

Besides a newly designed cover, the 61st Edition IATA DGR features some new and changing regulations that hazardous materials shippers and carriers should be aware of. Mandatory compliance with the new edition IATA DGR starts on January 1, 2020.  

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08/19/2019

PHMSA Proposes 19 Updates to Hazmat Regulations

DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 14, 2019 to make changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) that will update, clarify, and provide relief from certain hazardous materials regulatory requirements.  

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08/12/2019

2 States Ask PHMSA to Pre-Empt New Washington Crude-by-Rail Rule

The Washington State Senate approved legislation in March 2019 (SB 5779) to prohibit loading or unloading of crude oil from rail tank cars unless the oil has a vapor pressure of less than nine pounds per square inch.  

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08/12/2019

Container Ship Fires Prompt New Fines from Carriers

To address a recent rise in fires aboard shipping vessels, major carriers have announced new fines and security procedures aimed at reducing the number of misdeclared hazardous cargo shipments.  

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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.

Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas