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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE82 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of Certain Special Permits and Competent Authorities Into the HMR (RRR)  
Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to incorporate provisions contained in certain widely used or longstanding special permits and competent authorities that have established safety records. Incorporating such provisions into the HMR is intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in the special permits and competent authorities The adoption of the provisions would eliminate the need for numerous application and renewal requests. The special permits proposed to be added to the regulations here would allow the transportation of "Self-heating" solid, organic n.o.s. (spent bleaching earth) in sift-proof bulk packaging; would allow the use of regulated medical waste shipping names and markings that differ from those prescribed in the HMR; would allow for the transportation of Class 9 solid coal pitch compounds in non-specification open top or closed-top sift-proof metal cans or fiber drums; and would allow for the transportation of self-inflating life-saving appliances that contain non-specification steel cylinders when being transported between a vessel and an authorized facility for servicing. This rulemaking action would facilitate commerce activity and reduce paperwork burdens while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. Incorporation of these provisions would reduce the compliance burden and cost on both industry and government. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 107    49 CFR 172    49 CFR 173    49 CFR 178    49 CFR 175   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 5101 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/22/2012  77 FR 64450   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/21/2012 
Final Rule  10/00/2013 
Additional Information: HM-233C; SB - N, SLT - N, IC - N; This final rule will incorporate over 20 special permits and competent authority approvals into regulations. It will provide an economic benefit to the hazardous materials transportation industry as a whole while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. We estimate that this final rule will reduce the paperwork burden identified under OMB Control No. 2137-0051 by $4,682 per year. PHMSA will also have nominal savings since it will no longer need to process, review, and maintain these special permits and CA approvals.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Steven Andrews
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-8553

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