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12/31/2013

IATA Addendum I 55th Edition

On December 23, 2013, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) posted the first Addendum to the 55th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).  Compliance with the 55th edition DGR is mandatory as of January 1, 2014.  Below is a summary of some of the revision made in this Addendum...

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10/15/2013

Lithium Batteries Make Frequently Cited Violations List

In an October 2 Final Rule published in the Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) added a number of lithium battery-related shipping mistakes to its list of Frequently Cited Violations. The unique hazards posed by lithium batteries caught the attention of regulators in part due to a growing number of uses for these batteries, an increase in shipping volume, and many...

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03/15/2012

ICAO’s New Rules for Lithium Battery Air Shipments

Last month in Montreal, the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held a working group to discuss the unique hazards and challenges facing shippers and carriers of lithium batteries. Representatives from 13 countries, alongside various industry and labor organizations, joined to address...

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02/02/2012

FAA Reauthorization Imminent: New Rules for Lithium Batteries May be Affected

After years of temporary extensions, the House and Senate have agreed on legislation to reauthorize and make improvements to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 
Among the many provisions in the conference report, Congress intends to curtail the Department of Transportation from creating or enforcing any regulations that restrict the transportation of...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Hazardous Materials Safety

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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11/10/2011

Report From DGAC Conference & Expo: Day 2 Part II

[Editor’s Note: Lion Technology Inc. instructor Roseanne Bottone is blogging from the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) Conference & Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition. Daily, she will provide her observations and insights from the conference in order to keep our members up–to–date with the latest regulatory news.]
 
Coming Soon from the International Civil Aviation Organization...

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11/09/2011

Report From DGAC Conference & Expo: Day 2 Part I

[Editor’s Note: Lion Technology Inc. instructor Roseanne Bottone is blogging from the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) Conference & Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition. Daily, she will provide her observations and insights from the conference in order to keep our members up-to-date with the latest regulatory news.]
 
It’s day 2 of the DGAC conference down in...
 

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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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03/29/2011

Question of the Week: Exceptions for Lithium Batteries

Q. I have been told that I cannot ship lithium batteries as limited quantities, but can receive similar relief when following the special provisions found in the 171.101 Hazardous Materials Table. How do the two types of relief compare? A. It is true that lithium batteries shipped under the DOT Hazardous Material Regulations cannot be shipped under the limited quantity exceptions. However...

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