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What You've Missed... January/February 2011 Issue

A sampling of what you've missed in the January/February 2011 issue of The Journal of HazMat Transportation...

As a Subscriber, you would have learned ....

about the numerous effects of the recently issued final rules in PHMSA Docket HM-215K.  With this article in hand, study the added restrictions being placed on limited quantity shipments, especially by air, and note the helpful changes in air stowage for some of these materials.  There are meaningful changes to what is now being authorized and how much and how these materials can be shipped. Review the marking changes you will need to implement if you currently make limited quantity or ORM-D shipments.  Note the complex effective date scenario for the various parts of the rule.  There is much to absorb in this 83page Federal Register publication.  What’s in HM-215K?

that on January 5, 2011, PHMSA issued its HM-233B final rule revising procedures for obtaining a special permit.  PHMSA has been sharply criticized for its management of the special permit program within government.  The changes to the special permit procedures were prompted by last year’s criticisms. It does not appear that the DOT special permit rulemaking was a happy event for all concerned.  The article explains what will be in store for industry as it prepares and files new special permit applications.  It doesn’t look pretty.  Persons needing to file will want a copy of this article nearby as they prepare their DOT applications.  Final Rules: Special Permits DOT PHMSA Docket HM-233B Final Rule.

that, on January 19, 2011, PHMSA published its long awaited Docket HM-215K final rule which abolishes the current DOT ORM-D rules .  This high-impact docket harmonizes the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations with the latest versions of the international regulations based on the 16th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations.  In air transport, changes were introduced in the 2011-2012 ICAO Technical Instructions and are reflected in the 52nd edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.  For sea transport, similar changes are in the IMDG Code incorporating the 35th Amendment.  In this article, the author describes extensively the resulting changes for all modes of transport.  What’s in HM-215K?

about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) December 29, 2010 publication in the Federal Register, of a notice of propose rule making (NPRM) to revise the regulations for hours of service (HOS) for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This is the agency’s fourth attempt to modify these rules.  The author describes these newly proposed changes.  Another Try at an Hours of Service Rule.

about the results of the November 29-December 7, 2010 UN Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Subcommittee meeting  in Geneva.  This was the last of four sessions in the latest two-year biennium period.  These changes will be the basis for upcoming amendments to the ICAO Technical Instructions and the IMDG Code as well as the US HMR, the European road and rail regulations (ADR and RID) as well as other national regulations, first becoming effective  January 1, 2013.  Learn about new rules that are coming before you read about them in the Federal Register.  Report on the UN TDG Subcommittee’s 38th Session.

about the variety of some of the intermediate bulk containers (IBC) available and some of their advantages in materials handling and transportation.  These containers present challenges, however, in securement during transportation.  The author broadly discusses them.  Containerization & Securement of Intermediate Bulk Containers..

that the final rules in Docket HM-215K are not only about limited quantities and ORM-D.  This final rule addresses exclusion from regulation for de minimus quantities of certain dangerous goods, design and operational requirements for salvage cylinders, new entries for chemicals shipped under pressure, new minimum size requirements for UN number package marking and provisions for closed head drums authorized as combination packagings, just to name a few of the many miscellaneous subjects covered. What’s in HM-215K?