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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF05 Publication ID: Fall 2014 
Title: Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR) 

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, 2015, 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 adsorbed gasses, exceptions for small quantities of marine pollutants, provisions for the safe transport of damaged or defective batteries, the revision of various entries in the hazardous materials table to maintain global alignment, and the incorporation by reference of various international standards.

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    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
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/25/2014  79 FR 50741   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/24/2014 
Final Rule  12/00/2014 
Additional Information: PHMSA-2013-0260; HM-215M; SB - N, IC - N, SLT - N; The estimated net benefit associated with this rulemaking is $47 million in the first year after publication and $87.9 million in the second year after publication.
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:
Steve Webb
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590