Tag Archives: Hazmat/Dangerous Goods

FMCSA Considers Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Upgraded Federal Regulations Governing CDL Driver Training

In an action published in today’s Federal Register, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the retention of a “neutral convener” to explore with stakeholders the potential of entering into a negotiated rulemaking process regarding the upgrading of licensing requirements for holders of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Comments on this action are due no later than September 18th, 2014. Continue reading

USDOT/PHMSA Releases NPRM on Special Permit and Authority Approval Procedures

Special Permits and Authority Approvals can impact every type of hazardous material in every type of transport mode—like this Union Pacific Railroad mixed freight train negotiating the sharp mountain curves in the village of Helper, Utah on July 28th, 2014. (© Paul Burgess 2014, used w/permission)

Special Permits and Authority Approvals can impact every type of hazardous material in every type of transport mode—like this Union Pacific Railroad mixed freight train negotiating the sharp mountain curves in the village of Helper, Utah on July 28th, 2014. (© Paul Burgess 2014, used w/permission)

In the August 12th 2014 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a proposed rule (NPRM) under Docket # PHMSA-2012-0260 (HM-233E) RIN 2137-AE99 under which the agency proposes to set forth specific procedures and guidelines for the consideration of both Special Permit applications and (Competent) Authority approvals. Continue reading

USDOT/PHMSA Releases NPRM on Reverse Logistics

In the August 11th 2014 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a proposed rule (NPRM) under Docket # PHMSA-2011-0143 (HM-253) RIN 2137-AE81 defining the term “reverse logistics,” as well as establishing the eligibility of the various hazard classes that are proposed to be allowed to be so defined; the training requirements under which persons shipping such items may do so; and the associated maximum quantities (by class) as well as the handling, packaging, marking, and loading and segregation requirements under which such shipments would fall. Continue reading

DOT’s PHMSA Issues Final Rule on Penalties, Hazmat Operations

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Railroads like Iowa Interstate depend on their legal ability to handle hazmat, whether containerized or bulk. (©2012 Paul Burgess, used w/permission)

The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a Final Rule pertaining to the ability of individuals and corporations to continue to operate after failing to pay a required penalty assessed under a violation of the US 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). In Docket # PHMSA-2012-0258 (HM-258A), PHMSA prohibits such individuals and corporations from continuing to handle hazardous materials under the provisions of the HMR if an assessed penalty has not been paid in the time allowed after such penalty has been levied—generally, within ninety days. Continue reading

Lithium Batteries: Notable Changes Result from PHMSA’s Final Rule — HM-224F

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new final ruling on the safe transport of lithium batteries was published today in the Federal Register. The adopted amendments in the final rule pertain to 49 CFR, Parts 171, 172, 173, and 175. Read the full text here. Continue reading