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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE87 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: ●Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR) 
Abstract: The Federal hazardous materials transportation law requires the Secretary of Transportation to ensure that, to the extent practicable, regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce are consistent with standards adopted by international authorities (49 U.S.C. 5120(b)). Harmonization enhances safety, facilitates compliance and improves the efficiency of the global transportation system by minimizing the regulatory burden on the public thus promoting trade. After a thorough review of the provisions recently adopted by various international regulatory bodies, PHMSA has identified areas in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in which harmonization with international regulations will provide an enhanced level of safety, an economic benefit or in many instances both safety and economic benefits. As a result, this rulemaking would amend the HMR, where appropriate, to maintain alignment with international standards that will become effective as of January 1, 2013 and consequently facilitate the safe global trade of hazardous materials. Proposals in this rulemaking include, but are not limited to; the introduction of regulatory requirements to address chemicals under pressure, the modification of packaging instructions for various hazardous materials to permit greater flexibility in package selection while achieving a consistent level of safety, the adoption of Internationally recognized standards for testing and proper use of flexible bulk containers and the revision of various entries in the hazardous materials table to maintain global alignment including revision of vessel stowage codes for shipments of Class 1 Explosive materials. We expect the regulatory changes will result in minimal compliance costs for the regulated industry; we firmly believe consistent regulatory requirements reduce compliance costs and increase flexibility. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 171; 49 CFR 172; 49 CFR 173; 49 CFR 175; 49 CFR 176; 49 CFR 177; 49 CFR 178; 49 CFR 180 
Legal Authority: 49 USC 5101 et seq 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/15/2012  77 FR 49167 
NPRM Comment Period End  10/15/2012   
Final Rule  12/00/2012   
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563. HM-215L; SB - N, SLT - N, IC - Y; The primary benefit of this rulemaking is harmonizing the HMR with the international hazardous materials standards and reducing the regulatory compliance costs faced by U.S. companies. PHMSA estimates that not harmonizing with international regulations will cost U.S. companies an additional $62 million per year to comply with both the HMR and international standards. This rulemaking may result in a decrease of $5,000.00 to OMB Control Number 2137-0018 due allowing the use of metals other than steel or aluminum for drums and boxes, as well as the proposed new Flexible Bulk Container package authorization. This rulemaking may result in a decrease of $15,000.00 to OMB Control Number 2137-0572 due to decreased testing requirements for non-bulk packages.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Stevens
Transportation Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202-366-8553
Email: michael.stevens@dot.gov

 
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