Thursday, June 30, 2016

PHMSA Publishes Petition Based NPRM

Today the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (81 FR 42609-42625) for revisions to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) based upon public petitions. Twenty-one topics are addressed in this NPRM.

The topics include (Petition #):

Testing for Aerosols - (P-1606), the Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA);
Cargo Tank Specification - (P-1615), The Walker Group;
Chlorine Institute Publications - (P-1619), the Chlorine Institute;
International Label and Placard Consistency - (P-1620), Labelmaster Services;
Toxic by Inhalation Tank Car Lifespan - (P-1636), the Chlorine Institute;
Limited Quantity Pallets - (P-1638), Labelmaster Services;
Emergency Response Numbers - (P-1639), Horizon Lines, LLC;
Units of Measurement for Limited Quantities of Ethyl Alcohol - (P-1640), the Association of HAZMAT Shippers;
Printing Tolerances for Labels and Placards - (P-1650), Labelmaster Services;
Incorporation of Department of Defense Standards - (P-1651), the Department of Defense (DoD) Explosives Safety Board;
Definitions for “Basic Description” and “Shipping Description” - (P-1655), the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA);
Marked Date of Manufacture on Composite IBCs - (P-1662), Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association of North America (RIBCNA); and

PHMSA is soliciting public comments on the proposed rulemaking. Comments can be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal {; Docket #PHMSA-2015-0102 (HM-219A)}. Comments should be submitted by August, 29th, 2016.

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