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Hazmat Regulations Amended to Align with Changes to International Standards

Monday, January 05, 2015
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The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international 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. PHMSA states that 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 for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and to subsequently address three petitions for rulemaking.

PHMSA is authorizing voluntary compliance with this rule beginning Jan. 1, 2015, but compliance is generally not required until Jan. 1, 2016.

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