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10/18/2016

Hazmat Tricks and Treats: Finding Reliefs, Halloween Style!

In the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), hazmat shippers can find reliefs for special situations and specific industries, ranging from relief for agricultural operations [49 CFR 173.5] to shipping damaged lithium batteries by ground. [49 CFR 173.185(f)] Because these hazmat reliefs apply to specific cases only, they are easy to overlook. Let’s take a look at some of these often overlooked reliefs—and because it’s October, let’s do it with a Halloween twist! 

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10/13/2016

Railroads Challenge California Hazmat Rail Fee

In August, the state of California passed a law to require railroads to collect a $45 fee to transport rail cars carrying certain hazardous materials. Railroads are now challenging the implementation of the hazmat fee, expressing concerns about how it will be enforced and how it will affect small quantity shipments. 

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09/13/2016

New Course: DOT Hazmat Rail Shipper Training

To help hazmat rail shippers and carriers meet US DOT’s hazmat training mandate at 49 CFR 172.704, Lion Technology this week launched a new online course, Hazmat Ground Shipper—Additional Rail Requirements. 

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08/31/2016

PHMSA to Harmonize 49 CFR Hazmat Regs with New International Requirements

Updated 09/07/16: Rule HM 215N to harmonize US DOT hazmat regulations with changing international requriements was officially proposed in the Federal Register today, September 7, 2016.

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08/23/2016

New DOT Lithium Battery Rules Near Final Stage

A new lithium battery rulemaking from the US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is nearing completion. The new rule, which will affect shipments of lithium batteries offered as standalone articles (e.g., not in or with equipment), has been received by the Office of Management and Budget for approval. 

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06/28/2016

Online Retailer Still Plagued by Hazmat Fines

According to US FAA, for the 26th and 27th times since 2013, regulators levied heavy fines against major online retailer Amazon for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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05/11/2016

ValuJet 592: 20 Years Later

20 years ago today, on May 11, 1996, one of the most tragic and widely publicized hazmat transportation incidents in American history occurred. That afternoon, ValuJet flight 592 taxied into position on the runway at Miami International Airport, scheduled to depart for Atlanta. 

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05/04/2016

Derailed Train Spills Hazmat Near D.C.

A tanker carrying sodium hydroxide derailed along with several other cars near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station in Washington D.C. over the weekend. About half of the sodium hydroxide is thought to have been released onto the rail bed and the ground.

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02/25/2016

Can US FAA Penalize Non-US Shippers for Hazmat Mistakes?

A German lighting company now faces $117,480 in civil penalties from US FAA for alleged violations of hazmat air shipping regulations. The company offered 9.6 liters of a flammable liquid (glue) for air transport from Düsseldorf to Chicago. In a February 24 press release, FAA alleges that the shipment exceeded the quantity limits for flammable liquids shipped by passenger aircraft. 

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02/04/2016

New Hazmat Limited Quantity Exception Effective Feb. 22

In January, US DOT gave hazmat shippers more flexibility by incorporating 96 hazmat special permits into the text of the Hazardous Materials Regualtions (HMR). In doing so, it allowed all hazmat shippers to capitalize on exceptions and reliefs previously reserved for those approved to use these special permits. 

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