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In This Issue: November/December 2015 Issue

A sampling of topics of interest in the November/December 2015 issue of The Journal of HazMat Transportation.

TIANJIN DISASTER LEADING TO CHANGES IN CHINA
Catastrophic explosions rocked Tianjin Port, northern China, on August 12, causing 173 deaths and an estimated 11 billion USD in direct economic losses. This article reviews impacts on hazardous chemical logistics arising from the incident. Impact of Tianjin Disaster on Hazardous Chemical Logistics in China

CANADA’S PROOF OF CLASSIFICATION REQUIREMENT
A regulatory change found in the Canadian (TDGR) stemming from the July 2013 train accident in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, can be found in TDGR section 2.2.1. It requires consignors to establish and keep available a “proof of classification” for all dangerous goods imported or offered for transport. This article examines the provisions and impacts of the requirement. Canadian “Proof of Classification” Is Unique Canadian Requirement for Dangerous Goods

PHMSA RESPONSES TO INDUSTRY CONCERNS IN THE HM-233E FINAL RULE
PHMSA published the HM-233E final rule, Special Permit and Approvals Operating Procedures and Evaluation Process, on September 10, 2015. This article examines industry concerns and PHMSA’s responses to those concerns in the final rule, in areas such as application backlog and processing time; the scope of an on-site inspection; the fitness determination process, and the legal effect of SOPs. HM-233E: Special Permit and Approvals Operating Procedures and Evaluation Process--Industry’s Comments and PHMSA’s Response

GHS LABELS ON TRANSPORT PACKAGES
With the ongoing implementation of the GHS worldwide, GHS labels are appearing more frequently on the outside of transport packagings. This article looks at the GHS labeling requirements, how they are being implemented and the implications for transport. GHS Implications for the Transport of Hazardous Materials in Packagings

CALIFORNIA STATE BILL COULD IMPACT RAIL TRANSPORT OF HAZMAT
California State Bill – SB84, if enacted, would require fees to be paid by a person owning any of the 25 most hazardous material commodities that are transported by rail in California. In this article the purpose, provisions and potential impacts of this bill are reviewed. California State Bill – SB84

PRE-MEETING REPORT FOR THE 48TH SESSION OF THE UN SCETDG
From November 30 to December 9, 2015, the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (SCETDG) will hold its 48th session. The agenda includes over 30 papers. This is the second of four sessions which will lead to changes in the 20th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations. The Journal will provide a full report on the proceedings in its January/February 2016 edition. Pre-Meeting Report on Proposals to be Discussed at the 48th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

PRE-MEETING REPORT FOR THE 30th SESSION OF THE UN SCGHS
From December 9 to 11, 2015, the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (SCGHS) will hold its 30th session in Geneva, Switzerland. The SCGHS agenda will address 9 formal proposals (working papers) in nine general topic areas and one or more informal (INF) papers. The Journal will provide a full report on the proceedings in its January/February 2016 edition. Pre-Meeting Report on Proposals to be Discussed at the 30th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

PHMSA RESPONDS TO HM-251 APPEALS
On November 18, 2015, PHMSA published a notice responding to five appeals to the HM-251 Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains final rule. This article reviews the issues raised in those appeals and PHMSA’s responses to appellants. PHMSA Responds to HM-251 Appeals to Final Rule: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains

THE JOURNAL ANSWERS READERS’ QUESTIONS
This report responds to three recent questions from readers: using Section 14 of the Safety Data Sheet for an environmentally hazardous substance that is in an excepted quantity; using an emergency response guidebook for shipments by vessel; and, time limits, if any, on movement of a tank car filled prior to a past due test date. Reader’s Questions

COMMENTS ON DOT LETTERS OF INTERPRETATION
Comments are provided on recent interpretations from DOT concerning the classification of aqueous solutions of alcohol, use of the DANGEROUS placard, and the definition of “unrefined petroleum products” as used in the new § 173.41. Comments on DOT Interpretations