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PHMSA Proposes to Amend Hazardous Material Regulations to Align with International Standards

In the November 27, 2018 Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a proposed rule to amend the hazardous material regulations to reflect recent changes made to various international codes, including the International Maritime Dangerous Goods and United Nations Recommendations for Transport of Dangerous Goods. The purpose of the proposed rule is to maintain alignment with these international codes. The proposed amendments include, but are not limited to, the provisions that regulate proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel storage requirements. Additionally, the PHMSA has proposed to amend regulations in the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) to increase alignment the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations of Canada. Comments will be accepted until January 28, 2019. Source: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Hazardous Materials: Harmonization with International Standards, 83 FR 60970 (proposed Nov. 27, 2018), https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/27/2018-24620/hazardous-materials-harmonization-with-international-standards.

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