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PHMSA HazMat Final Rule to Enhance Enforcement Procedures

Posted in on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published a final rule to put into effect provisions of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2012 related to enhanced inspection, investigation, and enforcement authority established by the law.  PHMSA is amending the package opening provision to include procedures for an agent of the Secretary of Transportation to open packages of perishable hazardous materials and to notify the responsible party that an agent has exercised a safety inspection or investigation authority.  PHMSA is also establishing equipment requirements for agents.  Enhanced inspection, investigation, and enforcement procedures were previously established through rulemaking.  This final rule codifies changes to federal hazardous materials transportation law and to ensure transparency and consistency for hazardous materials inspectors across all modes of transportation.  Because it affects only agency enforcement procedures, no additional compliance costs to industry are associated with this final rule.  The final rule is effective November 1, 2013.

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