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Compliance Guide Update Service January 2016

January 21

Department Of Transportation


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 81 3636-3686. 49 CFR Parts 107, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 178, and 180. Hazardous Materials: Adoption of Special Permits (MAP-21) (RRR) FINAL RULE.

Summary: As required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely-used or long-standing special permits that have an established safety record. The adopted amendments are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests. The adopted amendments will also reduce paperwork burdens and facilitate commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. PHMSA conducted an extensive analysis of all active special permits and codified, as appropriate, those special permits deemed suitable in this rulemaking.


Dates: Effective Date: The final rule will become effective on February 22, 2016.


Voluntary compliance date: PHMSA is authorizing voluntary compliance beginning February 22, 2016.


Delayed compliance date: Unless otherwise specified, compliance with the amendments adopted in this final rule is required beginning January 23, 2017.

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