Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration July 5, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2012-16456
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on a new information collection (IC) to help determine the effectiveness of PHMSA's 811 Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign. In calendar year 2012, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of 811 as the national ``Call Before You Dig'' toll-free telephone number, PHMSA produced a 30-second video PSA, a 30-second radio PSA and a 60-second radio PSA. All were produced in both English and Spanish and are available in several formats for downloading and broadcasting. PHMSA seeks to measure the effectiveness of the campaign through an online survey. After the comments to this notice are addressed, PHMSA will request approval for this new information collection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Clarification Policy on Initial Fitness Review for Classification Approvals
Document Number: 2012-16363
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice clarifies and provides further guidance on PHMSA's policy of conducting fitness reviews of applicants for classification approvals, including Fireworks, Explosives, Organic Peroxides and Self- reactive materials.
Hazardous Materials; Reverse Logistics (RRR)
Document Number: 2012-16177
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is publishing this ANPRM to identify ways to reduce the regulatory burden for persons who ship consumer products containing hazardous materials in the ``reverse logistics'' supply chain. Reverse logistics is the process that is initiated when a consumer product goes backwards in the distribution chain. It may be initiated by the consumer, the retailer, or anyone else in the chain. Therefore, the process may involve consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and even disposal facilities. Following this ANPRM, PHMSA anticipates publishing an NPRM that will propose to simplify the regulations for reverse logistics shipments and provide avenue means for regulatory compliance that maintains transportation safety. This action is part of DOT's retrospective plan under EO 13563 completed in August 2011 DOT's plan is available at: http://www.dot.gov/open/docs/dot-final-rrr-plan-08-23- 2011.pdf. To fully engage the broad spectrum of stakeholders affected by reverse logistics, this ANPRM solicits comments and input on several questions in the context of reverse logistics. Any comments, data, and information received will be used to evaluate and shape the proposals in the NPRM.