Research and Special Programs Administration – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Shippers-General Requirements for Shipments and Packagings
Document Number: 05-55517
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-08
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
Damage Prevention Program
Document Number: 05-55512
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
Notice of Applications for Modification of Exemption
Document Number: 05-5032
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-15
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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 exemptions (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. There applications have been separated from the new application for exemption to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Exemptions
Document Number: 05-5031
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-15
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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 exemption 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.
Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualifications; Statutory Changes
Document Number: 05-4122
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-03
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety's (OPS) regulations require operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to conduct programs to qualify individuals who perform certain safety-related tasks on pipelines. Congress addressed these programs through an amendment to the Federal pipeline safety law (49 U.S.C. Chap. 601). In accordance with the mandates in that amendment, this Direct Final Rule codifies the new program requirements concerning personnel training, notice of program changes, government review and verification of programs, and use of on-the-job performance as a qualification method.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Exemption
Document Number: 05-3373
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-22
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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 exemptions (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. There applications have been separated from the new application for exemption to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Exemptions
Document Number: 05-3371
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-22
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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 exemption 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.
Regulatory Flexibility Act Section 610 and Plain Language Reviews
Document Number: 05-2873
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
RSPA 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 rules applicable to general shipment and packaging requirements for shippers 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: Safety Requirements for External Product Piping on Cargo Tanks Transporting Flammable Liquids
Document Number: 05-2561
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-10
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
RSPA is extending until April 28, 2005, the period for interested persons to submit comments on the December 30, 2004 notice of proposed rulemaking In the December 30, 2004 NPRM, we proposed to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to prohibit flammable liquids from being transported in unprotected product piping on existing and newly manufactured DOT specification cargo tank motor vehicles. If adopted as proposed, this action will reduce fatalities and injuries that result from accidents involving unprotected product piping. This proposal was developed jointly with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Exemption Applications
Document Number: 05-2236
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-07
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), RSPA is publishing the following list of exemption 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.
Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Document Number: 05-1507
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
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 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.
Report on Research Activities; Request for Comments
Document Number: 05-1226
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-26
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
The Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-426) will disestablish the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA). In its place, two new Federal agencies will be establishedthe Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). These new organizations will be effective no later than February 28, 2005. Section 4(g) of the Act directs the incoming RITA Administrator to prepare a report to Congress, due March 30, 2005, on the research activities and priorities of the Department of Transportation. As a part of the stakeholder review process, the Department of Transportation is soliciting comments from Federal, state, private sector, and not-for-profit institutions on the topics outlined below.
Hazardous Materials; Incorporation of Exemptions Into Regulations
Document Number: 05-1113
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
This final rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations by incorporating into the regulations the provisions of certain widely used exemptions which have established a history of safety and which may be converted into regulations for general use. We are also making minor revisions to the requirements for use of packagings authorized under exemptions. The revisions provide wider access to the benefits of the provisions granted in these exemptions and eliminate the need for the current exemption holders to reapply for renewal of the exemption, thus reducing paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining an acceptable level of safety.
Hazardous Materials: Revision of Requirements for Carriage by Aircraft
Document Number: 05-1105
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-21
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
RSPA is extending until March 18, 2005, the period for interested persons to submit comments on the November 10, 2004 notice of proposed rulemaking in response to a request by the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA). In the November 10, 2004 NPRM, we proposed to amend the requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) for the transportation of hazardous materials by aircraft. The proposed changes include clarifying the applicability of part 175; excepting cargo aircraft from the quantity limits in Sec. 175.75; reformatting the exceptions in Sec. 175.10 into three sections based on applicability; and providing new separation distances for the shipment of radioactive materials by cargo aircraft. These changes are being proposed in order to clarify requirements to promote safer transportation practices; promote compliance and enforcement; eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements; convert certain exemptions into regulations of general applicability; finalize outstanding petitions for rulemaking; facilitate international commerce; and make these requirements easier to understand.
Pipeline Safety: Periodic Updates to Pipeline Safety Regulations
Document Number: 05-1062
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-21
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
This direct final rule makes a minor editorial correction to the definition of ``transmission line'' in the Federal safety regulations for natural gas pipelines. The correction is intended to clarify that gathering lines are excluded from the definition of transmission line. Because gathering lines have never been included in the definition of transmission line, the correction will not result in any substantive change in the definition.
Pipeline Safety: Semi-Annual Reporting of Performance Measures for Gas Transmission Pipeline Integrity Management
Document Number: 05-1061
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-21
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
This document provides guidance to operators of gas transmission pipelines regarding semi-annual reporting of performance measures for integrity management. Operators of gas transmission pipelines subject to Subpart O, ``Pipeline Integrity Management,'' must submit four overall measures of their integrity management performance on a semi-annual basis. The first report was due August 31, 2004, and was the subject of RSPA/OPS Advisory Bulletin ADB-04-02 (69 FR 43881) which published on July 22, 2004. This document provides additional guidance for operators regarding on-line reporting that will be available for the report due in February 2005 and subsequent reports.
Notice of Applications for Modification of Exemption
Document Number: 05-1060
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-21
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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 exemptions (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. The applications have been separated from the new application for exemption to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Exemptions
Document Number: 05-1059
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-21
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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 exemption 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.
Hazardous Materials; Prohibition on the Transportation of Primary Lithium Batteries and Cells Aboard Passenger Aircraft; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-736
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
This notice announces a public meeting to be held on January 27, 2005, to solicit public comments on amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations adopted by RSPA in an interim final rule published on December 15, 2004. This interim final rule imposed a limited prohibition on offering for transportation and transportation of primary (non-rechargeable) lithium batteries and cells as cargo aboard passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Exemption Applications
Document Number: 05-473
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-11
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5177(c), RSPA is publishing the following list of exemption 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 associated application.
Pipeline Safety: Random Drug Testing Rate
Document Number: 04-28679
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-03
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
Each year pipeline operators randomly select employees to test for prohibited drugs. The number of selections may not be less than the minimum annual percentage rate the Research and Special Programs Administration's (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) determines, either 50 percent or 25 percent of covered employees, based on the industry's positive rate of random tests. In accordance with applicable standards, RSPA/OPS has determined that the positive rate of random drug tests reported by operators this calendar year for testing done in calendar year 2003 is less than 1.0 percent. Therefore, in calendar year 2005, the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing is 25 percent of covered employees.