Author Archives: Robert Alverson

Postal Service Revises Mailing Standards for Lithium Batteries

Keeping pace with U.S. DOT’s PHMSA (U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) the U.S. Postal Service announced changes to their respective hazardous materials standards affecting the safe transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries. According to the Notice published in today’s Federal Register (January 26, 2015, Volume 80, No. 16,

The Changing Regulations Pertaining to the Transportation of Lithium Batteries

In August of 2014 the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) promulgated final rule HM-224F affecting the safe transport of lithium batteries[i].  DOT announced that the resultant effects from the revisions of HM-224F will “strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries. These changes, some of which focus specifically on shipments by air,

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.

Safety Marks Amended within Canada’s TDG Regulations

Transport Canada, the regulatory authority responsible for Canadian transportation policies and programs, has promulgated an amendment to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations). Specifically, an amendment titled “Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Part 4, Dangerous Goods Safety Marks)” was published in the July 2nd, 2014 Canada Gazette Part II, Vol.

PHMSA Announces Final Rule Pertaining to Lithium Battery Transport

Today via the U.S. DOT PHMSA website, the agency announced the forthcoming issuance of a Final Rule regarding new regulatory requirements pertaining to the safe transport of lithium batteries. Specifically, the new ruling revises hazard communication and packaging provisions for lithium batteries and harmonizes the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with applicable provisions of the United

U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials

Releases New Data on Bakken Crude Oil to Support Increased safety Measures DGAC took part in a press conference held at 10:00 AM this morning by Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx.  Secretary Foxx was accompanied by FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, and PHMSA Administrator Cynthia L. Quarterman. The Secretary announced that DOT is issuing a

Do You Know Your Hazmat?

When we think of the various types of hazardous materials (“hazmat”) offered for transport, we tend to visualize typical hazmat transport vehicles seen on the highway. Everyday hazardous material shipments found traveling along the roadway often will include a tank-truck of gasoline (flammable liquid), a flat-bed carrying drums of sulfuric acid (corrosive), or a high

FAA Issues Request for Public Comments on Hazmat Notification

On March 4, 2014 the Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Notice of Availability in Federal Register (Volume 79, Number 42).  The FAA notice seeks comments from the public on the Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s (ARC) recommendations that would establish an “acceptable and effective means” for air carriers to advise travelers of

EPA’s Final Rule on Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

2013 Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Final Rule Used in combination with solvents, “wipes” are typically used for cleaning and other industrial applications by a variety of manufacturing facilities.  Large quantities of both reusable wipes and disposable wipes are used daily and generators are faced with costly management issues once the wipes have reached the end of their