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PHMSA Adoption of Certain Special Permits and Competent Authorities into HazMat Regs

Posted in on Fri, Mar 28, 2014

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely used or longstanding special permits and certain competent authority approvals with established safety records.  According to PHMSA, special permits allow a company or individual to package or ship a hazardous material in a manner that varies from the regulations if an equivalent level of safety is maintained.  An approval is a written consent required under an international standard (i.e., International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air) or specifically provided for in the HMR, and is issued by the Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.  PHMSA states that the revisions are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and approvals and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests while maintaining an appropriate level of safety.  This regulation is effective April 17, 2014.

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