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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE45 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Hazardous Materials: International Harmonization 
Abstract: The Federal hazardous materials transportation law (Federal hazmat law; 49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.) requires PHMSA to align the HMR with international transport standards and requirements to the extent practicable (see section 5120). This rulemaking would amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain consistency with international standards. The amendments are necessary because of changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization┬┤s (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transportation of Dangerous Goods and the United Nations (UN) Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Harmonization serves to facilitate international transportation while ensuring the safety of people, property, and the environment. The most significant revisions would include incorporation by reference of the updated ICAO Technical Instructions, IMDG Code and UN Recommendations and amendments to the Hazardous Materials Table (HMT) to add, revise or remove certain proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, bulk packaging requirements, passenger and cargo aircraft maximum quantity limitations and vessel stowage provisions. 
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 171 to 180   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 5103(b)    49 USC 5120(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  10/21/2009  74 FR 53982   
ANPRM Comment Period End  01/19/2010    
NPRM  08/24/2010  75 52070   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/25/2010    
Final Rule  12/00/2010    
Additional Information: HM-215K
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