Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders, 3976-3977 [05-1507]

Download as PDF 3976 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 17 / Thursday, January 27, 2005 / Notices estimate how much specific FMVSS add to the weight and the retail price of a vehicle. This process is also known as ‘‘reverse engineering.’’ By July 2004, NHTSA had evaluated virtually all the cost- and weight-adding technologies introduced by 2001 in passenger cars or in light trucks in response to the FMVSS. The agency estimated the cost and weight added by all the FMVSS, and by each individual FMVSS, to model year 2001 passenger cars and light trucks, and also in all earlier model years, back to 1968. NHTSA estimates that the FMVSS added an average of $839 (in 2002 dollars) and 125 pounds to the average passenger car in model year 2001. Approximately four percent of the cost and four percent of the weight of an average new passenger car could be attributed to the FMVSS. An average of $711 (in 2002 dollars) and 86 pounds was added to the average light truck in model year 2001. Approximately three percent of the cost and two percent of the weight of an average new truck could be attributed to the FMVSS. NHTSA has evaluated both the lifesaving benefits and the consumer cost for a substantial ‘‘core’’ group of safety technologies for passenger cars and light trucks. In 2002, these technologies added an estimated $11,353,000,000 (in 2002 dollars) to the cost of new cars and light trucks of that model year. They saved an estimated 20,851 lives in the cars and light trucks on the road during that calendar year. That amounts to $544,482 per life saved in 2002. submit them electronically, fax them, or use the Federal eRulemaking Portal. The mailing address is U.S. Department of Transportation Docket Management, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. If you submit your comments electronically, log onto the Dockets Management System Web site at http://dms.dot.gov and click on ‘‘Help’’ to obtain instructions. The fax number is 1–202–493–2251. 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On the next page, which contains Docket summary information for the Docket you selected, click on the desired comments. You may also download the comments. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30111, 30168; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Joseph S. Carra, Associate Administrator for the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. [FR Doc. 05–1467 Filed 1–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research and Special Programs Administration [Docket No. RSPA–04–18975; Notice No. 04–009] Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), DOT. ACTION: Safety advisory notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This is to notify the public that RSPA has determined that a number of DOT specification compressed gas cylinders seized by the State of Maine, Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP), may have been marked as requalified in E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 17 / Thursday, January 27, 2005 / Notices VerDate jul<14>2003 17:20 Jan 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 requalified in May 2000, May 2001, July 2001 and January 2002; and (4) A012, which expired on November 7, 1998 and was not renewed, was marked on a cylinder represented as having been requalified in September 1999. The RIN and date of retest are marked on the shoulders of cylinders in the following pattern: M is the month of retest (e.g., 12), and Y is the year of the retest (e.g., 04). A RIN is read in a clockwise manner. For example, the above RIN pattern is for RIN A803. This safety advisory covers all highpressure DOT specification cylinders obtained from the Smiths or serviced by the Smiths at any time in the past. These cylinders may pose a safety risk to the public and should be considered unsafe for use in hazardous materials service until requalified by an authorized retest facility. Furthermore, cylinders described in this safety advisory must not be filled with a hazardous material unless the cylinders are first properly retested by an authorized retest facility. A list of authorized requalification facilities sorted by state or by RIN number may be obtained at RSPA’s Web site: http://hazmat.dot.gov/files/approvals/ hydro/hydro_retesters.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Lima, Senior Hazardous Materials Enforcement Specialist, Eastern Region, Office of Hazardous Materials Enforcement, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 820 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 306, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Telephone: (609) 989–2252. Issued in Washington, DC on January 21, 2005. Robert A. McGuire, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety. [FR Doc. 05–1507 Filed 1–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Ex Parte No. 656] Motor Carrier Bureaus—Periodic Review Proceeding Surface Transportation Board. Changes to prior notice issued in this proceeding and extension of filing dates. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board is correcting its notice served on December 13, 2004, and published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2004, to inform the public that Board authorization has not expired for the bureau agreements of two motor carrier rate bureaus—the Nationwide Bulk Trucking Association, Inc., and the Machinery Haulers Association, Inc. The Board is also amending its procedural schedule set forth in that notice to extend the deadlines for filing comments, by approximately 2 weeks, as shown below. DATES: Opening comments may be filed by the motor carrier bureaus and any interested member of the public by March 2, 2005. Reply comments may be filed by April 1, 2005. Rebuttal comments may be filed by April 21, 2005. ADDRESSES: Any filing submitted in this proceeding must refer to STB Ex Parte No. 656 and must be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should comply with the instructions found on the Board’s http://www.stb.dot.gov Web site, at the ‘‘E-FILING’’ link. Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 paper copies of the filing (and also an IBMcompatible floppy disk with any textual submission in any version of either Microsoft Word or WordPerfect) to: Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. Because all comments will be posted to the Board’s Web site, persons filing them with the Board need not serve them on other participants but must furnish a hard copy on request to any participant. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph H. Dettmar (202) 565–1609. (Federal Information Relay Service for the hearing impaired: 1–800–877–8339.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under 49 U.S.C. 13703, the Board may authorize motor carriers (including motor carriers of passengers and household goods) to enter into ‘‘bureau’’ agreements for the collective establishment of rates, fares, E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 EN27JA05.003</GPH> accordance with the HMR when the cylinders were not subjected to testing. During property seizure proceedings, MDEP took possession of numerous cylinders owned by Harry J. Smith, Jr., and his daughter, Dawn Smith, of Meddybemps, Maine, in accordance with a state mandated environmental clean-up of the Smiths’ property. RSPA has gathered evidence that suggests the high-pressure DOT specification industrial gas cylinders owned by the Smiths may have been marked, certified and returned to service when the cylinders had not been properly requalified in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). A hydrostatic retest and visual inspection are used to verify the structural integrity of compressed gas cylinders. If a hydrostatic retest and visual inspection are not performed within the time period required by the HMR, cylinders with compromised structural integrity may be returned to service when they should be condemned. Extensive property damage, serious personal injury, or death could result from rupture of a cylinder. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Through its investigation, RSPA believes that an undetermined number of DOT specifications cylinders owned by the Smiths may have been marked as having been requalified in accordance with the HMR, without being properly requalifed by an authorized retest facility. The HMR require that a cylinder requalification facility hold a current Retester Identification Number (RIN) issued by RSPA. The Smiths have never applied for or received a RIN, therefore they are not an authorized cylinder requalification facility. Cylinders in the Smiths’ possession were marked as having been requalified years after the corresponding RIN numbers had expired. RINs that expire and are not renewed by the authorized holder are never reissued to any other party. So far, RSPA discovered at least four examples of expired RIN markings during the course of its investigation. These RINs are as follows: (1) RIN B773, which expired on August 28, 1995 and was not renewed by the RIN holder, was marked on a cylinder represented as having been requalified in June 1999 and on a cylinder represented as having been requalified in July 1999; (2) RIN B775, which expired on December 4, 1991 and was not renewed, was marked on a cylinder represented as having been requalified in August 1999; (3) RIN B872, which expired on July 31, 1995 and was not renewed, was marked on cylinders represented as having been 3977

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 17 (Thursday, January 27, 2005)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Research and Special Programs Administration

[Docket No. RSPA-04-18975; Notice No. 04-009]


Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders

AGENCY: Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), DOT.

ACTION: Safety advisory notice.

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SUMMARY: This is to notify the public that RSPA has determined that a 
number of DOT specification compressed gas cylinders seized by the 
State of Maine, Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP), may have 
been marked as requalified in

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accordance with the HMR when the cylinders were not subjected to 
testing. During property seizure proceedings, MDEP took possession of 
numerous cylinders owned by Harry J. Smith, Jr., and his daughter, Dawn 
Smith, of Meddybemps, Maine, in accordance with a state mandated 
environmental clean-up of the Smiths' property. RSPA has gathered 
evidence that suggests the high-pressure DOT specification industrial 
gas cylinders owned by the Smiths may have been marked, certified and 
returned to service when the cylinders had not been properly 
requalified in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations 
(HMR).
    A hydrostatic retest and visual inspection are used to verify the 
structural integrity of compressed gas cylinders. If a hydrostatic 
retest and visual inspection are not performed within the time period 
required by the HMR, cylinders with compromised structural integrity 
may be returned to service when they should be condemned. Extensive 
property damage, serious personal injury, or death could result from 
rupture of a cylinder.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Through its investigation, RSPA believes 
that an undetermined number of DOT specifications cylinders owned by 
the Smiths may have been marked as having been requalified in 
accordance with the HMR, without being properly requalifed by an 
authorized retest facility. The HMR require that a cylinder 
requalification facility hold a current Retester Identification Number 
(RIN) issued by RSPA. The Smiths have never applied for or received a 
RIN, therefore they are not an authorized cylinder requalification 
facility.
    Cylinders in the Smiths' possession were marked as having been 
requalified years after the corresponding RIN numbers had expired. RINs 
that expire and are not renewed by the authorized holder are never 
reissued to any other party. So far, RSPA discovered at least four 
examples of expired RIN markings during the course of its 
investigation. These RINs are as follows: (1) RIN B773, which expired 
on August 28, 1995 and was not renewed by the RIN holder, was marked on 
a cylinder represented as having been requalified in June 1999 and on a 
cylinder represented as having been requalified in July 1999; (2) RIN 
B775, which expired on December 4, 1991 and was not renewed, was marked 
on a cylinder represented as having been requalified in August 1999; 
(3) RIN B872, which expired on July 31, 1995 and was not renewed, was 
marked on cylinders represented as having been requalified in May 2000, 
May 2001, July 2001 and January 2002; and (4) A012, which expired on 
November 7, 1998 and was not renewed, was marked on a cylinder 
represented as having been requalified in September 1999.
    The RIN and date of retest are marked on the shoulders of cylinders 
in the following pattern: 
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN27JA05.003

    M is the month of retest (e.g., 12), and Y is the year of the 
retest (e.g., 04).
    A RIN is read in a clockwise manner. For example, the above RIN 
pattern is for RIN A803.
    This safety advisory covers all high-pressure DOT specification 
cylinders obtained from the Smiths or serviced by the Smiths at any 
time in the past. These cylinders may pose a safety risk to the public 
and should be considered unsafe for use in hazardous materials service 
until requalified by an authorized retest facility. Furthermore, 
cylinders described in this safety advisory must not be filled with a 
hazardous material unless the cylinders are first properly retested by 
an authorized retest facility. A list of authorized requalification 
facilities sorted by state or by RIN number may be obtained at RSPA's 
Web site: http://hazmat.dot.gov/files/approvals/hydro/hydro_
retesters.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Lima, Senior Hazardous 
Materials Enforcement Specialist, Eastern Region, Office of Hazardous 
Materials Enforcement, Research and Special Programs Administration, 
U.S. Department of Transportation, 820 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 306, 
West Trenton, NJ 08628. Telephone: (609) 989-2252.

    Issued in Washington, DC on January 21, 2005.
Robert A. McGuire,
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.
[FR Doc. 05-1507 Filed 1-26-05; 8:45 am]
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