Monday, June 01, 2020

By JHMT StaffMay 8, 2020

Today, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued via the Federal Register a pre-publication version of a Final Rule to be published May 11, 2020. Hazardous Materials: Harmonization with International Standards [Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0108 (HM-215O)] amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and 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 HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions, and the United Nations Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that would allow for increased alignment with the Transport Canada Dangerous Goods Regulations.

View the pre-publication Final Rule (PDF).

The Journal's staff are reviewing the pre-publication Final Rule in full and are preparing an in-depth report. In the meantime, readers are recommended to login and read these reports covering the preceding HM-215O Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

Notably, PHMSA is extending the sunset dates for provisions concerning the transportation of polymerizing substances from January 2, 2019 to January 2, 2023. Interested readers can review our report, Difficulties with Compliance Dates and Requirements for Shippers of Polymerizing Substances, by Frits Wybenga, Senior Technical Advisor.

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