Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Oganization's Technical Instructions
Document Number: 06-9849
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule revises the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions will harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations with certain recent changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
Pipeline Safety: Lessons Learned From a Security Breach at a Liquefied Natural Gas Facility
Document Number: E6-22323
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-28
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This advisory reminds operators of the need for vigilance in providing security at liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. PHMSA's pipeline safety regulations require operators to implement security measures that deter intruders at LNG terminals, facilities, and peak- shaving plants. This Advisory Bulletin reinforces the importance of effectively implementing and thoroughly testing security procedures and systems.
Pipeline Safety: Random Drug Testing Rate
Document Number: E6-22295
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-28
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered employees will remain at 25 percent during calendar year 2007.
Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Document Number: E6-21994
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This is to notify the public that we (PHMSA) have discovered the unauthorized marking of high-pressure compressed gas cylinders, mainly cylinders containing welding gases, fire extinguishers, and self-contained breathing apparatus, by Consulting and Safety Specialists, Inc. (CSSI), located at 924 Lefort Bypass, Thibodaux, LA 70301. On November 30, 2006, an inspector from PHMSA's Office of Hazardous Materials Enforcement (OHME) conducted a compliance inspection of CSSI. As a result of that inspection, PHMSA has determined that CSSI did not hold a valid Requalifier Identification Number issued by DOT while requalifying (inspecting, testing, or certifying) high-pressure compressed gas cylinders. In addition, CSSI marked and certified an undetermined number of DOT specification and/or special permit high- pressure compressed gas cylinders as being properly tested in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), when it had not verified its equipment to be accurate as required by the HMR. A hydrostatic requalification and visual inspection, conducted as prescribed in the HMR, are used to verify the structural integrity of a cylinder. If the hydrostatic requalification and visual inspection are not performed in accordance with the HMR, a cylinder with compromised structural integrity may have been returned to service when it should have been condemned. Extensive property damage, serious personal injury, or death may result from rupture of a cylinder. Cylinders that have not been requalified in accordance with the HMR may not be charged or filled with compressed gas or other hazardous material and offered for transportation in commerce.
Request for Public Comments and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval of an Existing Information Collection (2137-0604)
Document Number: 06-9814
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-22
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice requests public participation in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval process for the renewal of an existing PHMSA information collection. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below has been forwarded to OMB for extension of the currently approved collection. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden. This renewal of information complies with the integrity management rule for hazardous liquid pipelines for operators with more than 500 miles of pipeline. PHMSA published a Federal Register Notice soliciting comments on the following information collection and received none. The purpose of this notice is to allow the public an additional 30 days from the date of this notice to submit comments.
Hazardous Materials: Enhancing Rail Transportation Safety and Security for Hazardous Materials Shipments
Document Number: E6-21518
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is proposing to revise the current requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials transported in commerce by rail. Specifically, we are proposing to require rail carriers to compile annual data on specified shipments of hazardous materials, use the data to analyze safety and security risks along rail transportation routes where those materials are transported, assess alternative routing options, and make routing decisions based on those assessments. We are also proposing clarifications of the current security plan requirements to address en route storage, delays in transit, delivery notification, and additional security inspection requirements for hazardous materials shipments. In today's edition of the Federal Register, TSA is publishing an NPRM proposing additional security requirements for rail transportation.
Shippers-General Requirements for Shipments and Packagings
Document Number: 06-55531
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 06-9725
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail Freight, 3Cargo Vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 06-9724
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the anture of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g. to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new applications for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 06-9659
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Hazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Packaging Amendments; Correction
Document Number: E6-20358
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document corrects the preamble to a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register of September 1, 2006, regarding miscellaneous packaging amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180). This document corrects mathematical calculations of the total annual respondents (from 5,000 to 5,010), and the total annual responses (from 15,000 to 15,500) for OMB Control No. 2137-0572, indicated under the ``Paperwork Reduction Act'' section of this rulemaking.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Waiver; Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline, L.L.C.
Document Number: 06-9355
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-22
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline L.L.C. (KMLP) requests a waiver to use a 0.80 design factor in the steel pipe design formula for Class 1 locations on Leg 1 of its proposed natural gas interstate Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline. The waiver will allow KMLP to design, construct and operate Leg 1 of its pipeline at hoop stresses up to 80 percent of the specified minimum yield strength (SMYS) in Class 1 locations. KMLP seeks relief from the related capacity design requirements for pressure relieving and pressure limiting stations on the same segment of the proposed pipeline.
Pipeline Safety: Notice to Operators of Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines To Accurately Locate and Mark Underground Pipelines Before Construction-Related Excavation Activities Commence Near the Pipelines
Document Number: 06-9354
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-22
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This advisory reminds and reinforces the importance of safe locating excavation practices near underground pipelines. PHMSA's pipeline safety regulations require pipeline operators to implement damage prevention programs to protect underground pipelines during construction related excavation. In addition, PHMSA recommends pipeline operators excavating in areas populated with other pipelines and utilities follow all consensus best practices and guidelines developed by the Common Ground Alliance. Recent serious incidents especially reinforce the importance of accurately locating and marking pipelines and highlight an urgent need for pipeline operators to review how they implement their damage prevention programs to prevent further accidents caused by construction related damage. This Advisory Bulletin provides guidance on how to do this.
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meeting
Document Number: 06-9324
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting in preparation for the 30th session of the United Nation's Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE) to be held 4-12 (a.m.) December 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hazardous Materials: Improving the Safety of Railroad Tank Car Transportation of Hazardous Materials
Document Number: E6-19413
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA and FRA are conducting a comprehensive review of design and operational factors that affect rail tank car safety. The two agencies invite interested persons to participate in a public meeting to address potential improvements to the design of hazardous materials tank cars that would enhance overall safety and security.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 06-9235
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g. to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new applications for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 06-9234
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 06-9233
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Rulemaking Procedures
Document Number: 06-55528
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 06-8749
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 06-8748
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g. to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new applications for special permits to facilitate processing.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Waiver; Key West Pipeline Company
Document Number: E6-17097
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is seeking public comment on a waiver request from Key West Pipeline Company (KWPC) and Pipeline and Terminal Management Corporation (PTMC). KWPC and PTMC are requesting a waiver from the regulations governing the marking and depth of cover of burial requirements for underwater pipelines. Instead of marking and burying its pipeline as required under PHMSA regulations, KWPC and PTMC propose to post and maintain warning signs.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 06-8613
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Pipeline Safety: Applicability of Public Awareness Regulations to Certain Gas Distribution Operators
Document Number: E6-16031
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to relax regulatory requirements governing public awareness programs conducted by operators of master meter systems and certain operators of petroleum gas systems. These operators typically manage property and incidentally provide gas service to customers located on the property. The proposed change provides a less burdensome means for these operators to satisfy public awareness needs.
Hazardous Materials: Prohibition on the Transportation of Primary Lithium Batteries and Cells Aboard Passenger Aircraft
Document Number: E6-15941
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is correcting an error in an interim final rule, published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2004. That interim final rule imposed a limited prohibition on offering for transportation and transportation of primary lithium batteries and cells as cargo aboard passenger-carrying aircraft and equipment containing or packed with large lithium batteries.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Waiver; Sabine Pass LNG
Document Number: E6-15880
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Sabine Pass Liquefied Natural Gas (SPLNG) facility requests a waiver of compliance from the regulation that requires every Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility constructed after March 31, 2000 to comply with the National Fire Protection Association's standard 59A (NFPA 59A), 2001 Edition.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Waiver; Freeport LNG
Document Number: E6-15877
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Freeport Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility requests a waiver of compliance from the regulation that requires every liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility constructed after March 31, 2000 to comply with the National Fire Protection Association's standard 59A (NFPA 59A), 2001 Edition.
Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 06-7913
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to make miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations based on petitions for rulemaking and PHMSA initiatives. These proposed amendments are intended to update, clarify or provide relief from certain regulatory requirements. Among other provisions, PHMSA is proposing a new proper shipping name and UN identification number for fuel mixtures composed of ethanol and gasoline to help emergency response personnel respond appropriately to incidents involving such fuel mixtures. In addition, PHMSA proposes to update certain incorporations by reference, revise and clarify certain hazard communication requirements, and clarify transportation requirements applicable to dry ice, detonator assemblies and explosives. PHMSA also proposes to provide expanded exceptions from regulation for household hazardous wastes and small amounts of materials used in pharmaceutical research.
Hazardous Material: Revision of Requirements for Security Plans
Document Number: 06-7930
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is considering revisions to the list of hazardous materials that require development and implementation of a security plan to address security risks during transportation in commerce. This effort is being coordinated with other Department of Transportation modal administrations (Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Federal Railroad Administration) and the Transportation Security Administration of the Department of Homeland Security. The revisions would address outstanding petitions requesting that certain materials be excepted from the security plan requirements. PHMSA will hold a public meeting on November 30, 2006 to obtain stakeholder comments on security plan requirements. This ANPRM and the public meeting provide an opportunity for the public to comment on this issue and make recommendations on the applicability of the security plan requirements.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 06-7818
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the section affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g., to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 06-7817
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follow: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Hazardous Materials Regulations: Minor Editorial Corrections and Clarifications; Correction
Document Number: 06-7793
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is correcting a minor error in a final rule, published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2006. That final rule corrected editorial errors, made minor regulatory changes and, in response to requests for clarification, improved the clarity of certain provisions in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).
Hazardous Materials Regulations: Minor Editorial Corrections and Clarifications
Document Number: E6-15282
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-14
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule corrects editorial errors, makes minor regulatory changes and, in response to requests for clarification, improves the clarity of certain provisions in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The intended effect of this rule is to enhance the accuracy, and reduce misunderstandings of the regulations. The amendments contained in this rule are minor changes and do not impose new requirements.
Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 06-7582
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Pipeline Safety: Petition for Waiver; TransCanada Pipelines Limited
Document Number: E6-14826
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
TransCanada Pipelines Limited, operator of the Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS), requests a waiver of compliance from PHMSA regulations for selected gas transmission pipeline segments in Windham, Maine. These regulations require pipeline operators to confirm or revise the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of a pipeline after a class location change.
Pipeline Safety: Protecting Unusually Sensitive Areas From Rural Onshore Hazardous Liquid Gathering Lines and Low-Stress Lines
Document Number: 06-7438
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
We are proposing to extend pipeline safety regulations to rural onshore hazardous liquid gathering lines and low-stress lines within a defined buffer of previously defined ``unusually sensitive areas.'' These are non-populated areas requiring extra protection because of the presence of sole source drinking water resources, endangered species, or other ecological resources. This proposal will define ``regulated rural onshore gathering lines'' and ``regulated rural onshore low-stress lines'' and require operators of the lines to comply with certain safety requirements. These proposed safety requirements will address the most common threats to the integrity of these rural lines: corrosion and third-party damage. This proposal is intended to provide additional integrity protection for unusually sensitive areas that could be affected by these lines and improve public confidence in the safety of hazardous liquid rural onshore gathering and low-stress lines.
Hazardous Material; Miscellaneous Packaging Amendments
Document Number: 06-7360
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this NPRM, PHMSA is proposing to make miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) based on changes to packaging requirements in the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, petitions for rulemaking received in accordance with requirements specified in 49 CFR 106.95, and PHMSA initiative. These proposed amendments are intended to clarify certain regulatory requirements specific to bulk and non-bulk packaging. The amendments proposed in this NPRM also include incorporation of requirements for construction, maintenance and use of Large Packagings, clarification of specification marking requirements, and revisions to packaging definitions.
Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions
Document Number: 06-7200
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations with recent changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
Hazardous Materials: Aluminum Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 Used in SCUBA, SCBA, and Oxygen Services-Revised Requalification and Use Criteria
Document Number: E6-14255
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule revises the Hazardous Materials Regulations to address a known safety problem with cylinders manufactured of aluminum alloy 6351-T6. The revisions include an inspection and testing program for early detection of sustained load cracking on cylinders manufactured of aluminum alloy 6351-T6 and used in self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA), self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and oxygen services.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Actions on Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 06-6954
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given of the actions on special permit applications in January 2005 to June 2006. The mode of transportation involved are identified by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft. Application numbers prefixed by the letters EE represent applications for Emergency Special Permits. It should be noted that some of the sections cited were those in effect at the time certain special permits were issued.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 06-6948
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-16
Agency: Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 06-6947
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g. to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Hazardous Materials Transportation; Registration and Fee Assessment Program
Document Number: E6-13312
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule proposes to amend the statutorily mandated registration and fee assessment program for persons who transport or offer for transportation certain categories and quantities of hazardous materials. For those registrants not qualifying as a small business or not-for-profit organization, we are proposing to increase the fee to $1,975 (plus a $25 administrative fee) for registration year 2007-2008 and increase the fee to $2,975 (plus a $25 administrative fee) for registration year 2008-2009 and following years. The fee increase is necessary to fund the national Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants program at approximately $28,000,000 in accordance with the Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 budget proposal to Congress. PHMSA is also proposing to eliminate the expedited telephonic registration option. The number of telephonic registrations has steadily decreased with the addition of the internet registration option, therefore, we believe that this registration option is no longer necessary.
Notice of Information Collection Approval
Document Number: E6-13203
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-11
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval and extension until May 31, 2009 for the following information collection requests (ICRs): OMB Control No. 2137-0510, ``Radioactive (RAM) Transportation Requirements''; and OMB Control No. 2137-0612, ``Hazardous Materials Security Plans.'' In addition, this notice announces OMB approval and extension until July 31, 2009 for the following ICRs: OMB Control No. 2137-0051, ``Rulemaking, Special Permits, and Preemption Requirements''; and OMB Control No. 2137-0613, ``Subsidiary Hazard Class and Number/Type of Packagings.''
Regulatory Flexibility Act Section 610 and Plain Language Reviews
Document Number: E6-12859
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA requests comments on the economic impact of its regulations on small entities. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act and as published in DOT's Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda, we are analyzing the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to specifications for non-bulk packagings and training and planning grants. We are also analyzing the Pipeline Safety Regulations applicable to oil pipeline response plans and the hazardous liquid reporting requirements. The purpose of these analyses is to identify requirements that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. We also request comments on ways to make these regulations easier to read and understand.
Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of Statutorily Mandated Revisions to the Hazardous Materials Regulations; Correction
Document Number: E6-12804
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On December 9, 2005, PHMSA published a final rule to revise terminology, definitions, and requirements for consistency with the Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005. These amendments included revising the definitions of ``hazmat employee'' and ``hazmat employer''; modifying shipping paper retention requirements; providing a security plan exception for farmers; and replacing the term ``Exemption'' with ``Special permit.'' This final rule corrects an error in the final rule. In addition, we are clarifying the amendments applicable to shipping paper retention requirements, the definition of ``hazmat employer,'' and the transition from ``Exemption'' to ``Special permit.''
Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 06-6744
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-12034
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of PHMSA's Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) to vote on a proposed rule requiring pipeline operators to consider internal corrosion when designing and constructing new and replaced gas transmission pipelines.
Revision of the Emergency Response Guidebook
Document Number: E6-11395
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice advises interested persons that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is soliciting comments on the development of the 2008 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2008), particularly from those who have experience using the 2004 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2004) during a hazardous materials incident. PHMSA is also soliciting comments on the experiences emergency responders have had obtaining emergency response information during an incident. The ERG2008 will supersede the ERG2004. The development of the ERG2008 is a joint effort involving the transportation agencies of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. PHMSA will publicize its interest in receiving comments on the ERG2008 and this notice through its announcements to emergency responder associations, during training and education seminars, and during activities with State and local government agencies. PHMSA has also established an e-mail address for interested persons to submit their comments: ERG2008@dot.gov.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 06-6326
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g., to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.