PHMSA Wants to Harmonize
On May 30, 2023, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register announcing its plans to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international standards. In the proposed rule PHMSA plans to adopt various amendments including changes to:
- Proper Shipping Names
- Hazard Classes
- Packing Groups
- Special Provisions
- Packing Authorizations
- Air transport Quantity Limitations
- Vessel Stowage Requirements
If you wish to make a comment on this proposed rule, you must submit all comments on or before July 31, 2023. The easiest and most convenient way to submit your comments are via the Federal Rulemaking Portal which helps ensure your comments make it in on time. To take a full look into the proposed rule and see specifically what changes they intend to make, you can click HERE NOW!
As a sneak peek into what PHMSA plans to change, we have listed 3 specific changes we think are of noteworthy mention, specifically:
- Removal of exceptions to small lithium cells and batteries for transport by aircraft
- Changes to the HMR
- Removal of the phaseout date for polymerized substances to allow for continued use of the provisions.
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