By JHMT StaffMay 11, 2020
Following HazMat Alert 2020-26 issued on May 8: Today, the Final Rule Hazardous Materials: Harmonization with International Standards [Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0108 (HM-215O)] was published in the Federal Register. It 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.
This rule is effective May 11, 2020, except for instruction 17, which is effective January 2, 2023.
Comments to the Final Rule can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
Readers are recommended to login and read these reports covering the preceding HM-215O Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
- PHMSA Issues the HM-215O International Harmonization NPRM, by Ed Mazzullo, Technical Advisor
- Significant Topics Addressed in Comments to the HM-215O International Harmonization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, by Ed Mazzullo, Technical Advisor
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.