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IN THIS ISSUE –NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

SELECTING A DRUM
This article provides a guide as to what questions need to be asked and answered in the process of selecting a drum, covering characteristics of the material to be packaged, drum types, performance considerations, liners, closures, storage, handling and where to get additional information. A Primer on Best Practices for Drum Selection 

EPA IGNITABLE/DOT FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
Differences between EPA hazardous waste criteria for ignitable liquids and DOT criteria for flammable liquids are reviewed in this article, with a focus on defining criteria, test methods, and exceptions. The Marriage of EPA Characteristic Criteria and DOT Hazard Class Defining Criteria Flammable Liquid Classification 

PRE-MEETING REPORT FOR 54TH SESSION OF THE UNSCETDG
The United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods will hold its 54nd session in Geneva, Switzerland on November 26 – December 5, 2017. The agenda will address 58 formal proposals (working papers) and at least 20 informal (INF) papers.  This fourth and final session of the biennium will result in changes for the 21st revised edition of the UN Model Regulations. Pre-Meeting Report on Proposals to be discussed at the 54th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods 

PRE-MEETING REPORT FOR 36TH SESSION OF THE UNSCEGHS
The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals Sub-Committee (UNSCEGHS) will meet in Geneva on December 5 - 7, 2018 for the 36th session and fourth session of the 2017-2018 biennium, which will result in the 8th revision to the GHS. This report covers the 20 formal proposals (working papers) and 15 informal (INF) papers received to date. Pre-Meeting Report on 36th Session of the UN GHS Sub-Committee Meeting, 

COMMENTS ON POLYMERIZING SUBSTANCES
In this article, recently issued as a HazMat Alert, Senior Technical Advisor Frits Wybenga examines provisions in the HMR for polymerizing substances which may “sunset” in early 2019 and provides guidance on applicable provisions which would remain in effect. Addressing Various Requirements for Polymerizing Substances: Special Provisions 387

HM-219A FINAL RULE RESPONDS TO PETITIONS
On November 7, 2018, PHMSA published a final rule, HM-219A, titled Hazardous Materials: Response to Petitions from Industry to Modify, Clarify, or Eliminate Regulations.. In the HM-219A final rule, the HMR are amended to update, clarify, or provide relief from numerous regulatory requirements in response to 19 petitions for rulemaking from the regulated community. This article reviews the changes in two parts, Part One: Packaging Issues, and Part Two: Other Issues. A Look at the HM-219A Final Rule-Part One: Packaging Issues
Part Two: Other Issues 

FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT FINALIZED
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 has recently been signed into law by the President. Hazardous materials-related provisions in the new law are reviewed in this update to HazMat Alert 2018-21, published September 26, 2018. “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018” Moves Ahead—Hazardous Materials Provisions 

 

INTERVIEW WITH FMCSA HAZMAT DIVISION CHIEF
The Chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adninistration’s Hazardous Materials (HM) Division answers questions posed by the Journal concerning the responsibilities of the division in oversight and execution of the agency’s national HM program and other subjects. Questions for FMCSA from The Journal of Hazmat Transportation

HM-259 FINAL RULE ALIGNS WITH ICAO TI
This article reviews PHMSA’s HM-259 final rule published on October 18, 2018, revising HMR provisions for lithium content limits for batteries used in portable medical devices, information provided to the pilot-in-command, and other air-related requirements, to better alignment the HMR with requirements in the ICAO Technical Instructions. PHMSA Issues HM-259 Final Rule Aligning the HMR with ICAO Provisions

COMMENTS ON DOT LETTERS OF INTERPRETATION
Comments are provided on recent interpretations from DOT concerning conversion of DOT-111s into DOT-117R tank cars, displaying additional information on the lithium battery mark, and clarifying the definition for Division 2.2 gases. Comments on DOT Interpretations

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