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Hazmat Transportation Information Collections Under Review

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is accepting through June 29 comments on the proposed extension of the following information collections pertaining to hazardous materials transportation.

Hazardous Materials Shipping Papers and Emergency Response Information – A shipping paper with emergency response information must accompany most hazmat shipments and be readily available at all times during transportation. Shipping papers include shipping orders, bills of lading, manifests or other shipping documents serving a similar purpose and containing the information required by sections 172.202, 172.203 and 172.204 of the HMR. They serve as the principal source of information regarding the presence, identification and quantity of hazardous materials as well as emergency response procedures. PHMSA is revising the burden associated with this information collection to reflect the anticipated completion of the information collection under the Hazardous Materials Automated Cargo Communications for Efficient and Safe Shipments pilot program.

Radioactive Material Transportation Requirements – Information collection requirements for the transportation of radioactive materials in commerce include shipper notification to consignees of the dates of shipment, expected arrival, special loading/unloading instructions, verification that shippers using foreign-made packages hold a foreign competent authority certificate and verification that the terms of the certificate are being followed for shipments being made into the U.S., and specific handling instructions from shippers to carriers for fissile RAM, bulk shipments of low specific activity RAM, and packages of RAM that emit high levels of external radiation.

Subsidiary Hazard Class and Number/Type of Packagings – In addition to the basic shipping description information, PHMSA requires the subsidiary hazard class or subsidiary division number(s) to be entered in parentheses following the primary hazard class or division number on shipping papers. PHMSA also requires shippers to indicate on shipping papers the numbers and types of packages, such as drums, boxes, jerricans, etc., being used to transport hazardous materials by all modes of transportation.

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