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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF18 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR) 

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)). Proposals in this rulemaking include, but are not limited to: the introduction of regulatory requirements to address polymerizing substances, testing criteria for polymeric beads to be excepted from regulation, transport provisions for engines and machinery powered by internal combustion engines or fuel cells, changes to the hazard communication requirements for lithium batteries, the revision of various entries in the hazardous materials table to maintain global alignment, and the incorporation by reference of various international standards. We expect the regulatory changes will result in minimal compliance costs for the regulated industry.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed 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 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/07/2016  81 FR 61741   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/07/2016 
Additional Information: HM-215N;
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