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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF57 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Hazardous Materials: Harmonization with International Standards 
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 increased safety and economic benefits. As a result, this rulemaking would amend the HMR, where appropriate, to maintain alignment with international standards that became effective as of January 1, 2023, and consequently facilitate the safe global trade of hazardous materials. Proposals in this rulemaking action would include, but are not limited to: Removal of the requirement to provide a telephone number (for additional information) on a lithium battery handling mark; exceptions from lithium battery test summary requirements for button cells installed in equipment; provisions for the design, construction, and use of fiber reinforced plastic portable tanks; and updates of International Organization for Standardization cylinder manufacturing and testing standards incorporated by reference.

 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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 178    49 CFR 180   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.    49 U.S.C. 5120(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2022 
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:
Candace Casey
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202-366-8553
Email: candace.casey@dot.gov