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Compliance Guide Update Service January 2015

January 30

Department Of Transportation

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 80 5340-5449. 49 CFR Parts 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 178 and 179. Hazardous Materials: Adoption of Special Permits (MAP-21) (RRR) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Summary: As required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely-used or long-standing special permits that have an established safety record. The proposed revisions are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests, thus reducing paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. PHMSA conducted an extensive analysis of all active special permits and, in this rulemaking, those special permits deemed suitable are being proposed for adoption. PHMSA is inviting all interested persons to provide comments on both those special permits deemed suitable and proposed to be adopted into the HMR and those that are deemed not suitable for adoption. In addition, PHMSA is also requesting comments on a proposed requirement for special permit applicants to include regulatory text in their applications, when appropriate.

 

Dates: Comments must be received by March 31, 2015.

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January 23

Department of Transportation

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 80 3788-3838. 49 CFR Parts 107, 171, 172, 173, 175 176, 177, 178, 179 and 180. Miscellaneous Amendments (RRR) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

 

Summary: PHMSA proposes to make miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. These proposed amendments are designed to promote safer transportation practices, address petitions for rulemaking, respond to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Recommendations, facilitate international commerce, make editorial corrections, and simplify the regulations. The proposed provisions in this rulemaking include, but are not limited to, removing the packing group (PG) II designation for certain organic peroxides, self-reactive substances and explosives, incorporating requirements for trailers of manifolded acetylene cylinders, and providing requirements to allow for shipments of damaged wet electric batteries. In addition, this rulemaking proposes to revise the requirements for the packaging of nitric acid, testing of pressure relief devices on cargo tanks, and shipments of black or smokeless powder for small arms.

 

Dates: Comments must be received by March 24, 2015.

 

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January 13

Environmental Protection Agency

 

Definition of Solid Waste.

FR 80 1694-1814. 40 CFR Parts 260 and 261.

FINAL RULE

 

Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, or the Agency) is publishing a final rule that revises several recycling-related provisions associated with the definition of solid waste used to determine hazardous waste regulation under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The purpose of these revisions is to ensure that the hazardous secondary materials recycling regulations, as implemented, encourage reclamation in a way that does not result in increased risk to human health and the environment from discarded hazardous secondary material.

 

Dates: This final rule is effective on July 13, 2015.

 

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January 8

Department Of Transportation

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 80 1076-1169. 49 CFR Parts 171, 172, 173, 175, 176, 178 and 180. Hazardous Materials: Harmonization with International Standards (RRR). FINAL RULE.

 

Summary: PHMSA is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions (ICAO TI) for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN Model Regulations) and subsequently address three petitions for rulemaking

 

Date: Effective Date: January 1, 2015. Voluntary compliance date: PHMSA is authorizing voluntary compliance beginning January 1, 2015.

 

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