Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration December 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2013-31162
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requests (ICR) abstracted below will be forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. The ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on these collections of information was published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2013 [78 FR 64049] under Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0002 (Notice No. 13-14).
Hazardous Materials: Adoption of ASME Code Section XII and the National Board Inspection Code
Document Number: 2013-31046
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to the design, construction, certification, recertification and maintenance of cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks and multi-unit tank car tanks (ton tanks) in response to petitions for rulemaking from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (National Board), and the Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA). Specifically, this NPRM proposes to allow the use of the 2013 edition of the ASME's Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XII (Section XII) for the design, construction, and certification of cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks and ton tanks. PHMSA also proposes to authorize the use of the 2013 edition of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors' National Board Inspection Code (NBIC), as it applies to the continuing qualification and maintenance of ASME constructed cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks, and ton tanks constructed to standards in ASME's Section XII, and existing cargo tank motor vehicles and portable tanks constructed to Section VIII, Division 1. If adopted, these amendments will allow for regulatory flexibility, without compromising safety.
Research and Development; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-30789
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting for the Research and Development Forum to be held January 17, 2014, in Washington, DC. During this meeting, PHMSA will host the session to present the results of recently completed and current research projects. In addition, PHMSA will solicit comments relative to potential new research projects which may be considered for inclusion in its future work.
Research and Development; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-30707
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting for the Research and Development Forum to be held January 17, 2014, in Washington, DC. During this meeting, PHMSA will host the session to present the results of recently completed and current research projects. In addition, PHMSA will solicit comments relative to potential new research projects which may be considered for inclusion in its future work.
New Jersey Regulations on Transportation of Regulated Medical Waste
Document Number: 2013-29604
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal hazardous material transportation law preempts the following requirements in the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) because the requirements are not substantively the same as the requirements in the HMR: 1. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.10(a) that generators must separate into different containers before transport sharps, fluids (greater than 20 cc), and other regulated medical waste; 2. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.11(d) which allows a generator to ship oversized medical waste without placing it in a packaging as required by the HMR; 3. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.14 that the words ``Medical Waste'' or ``Infectious Waste'' must be labeled on the outside of the package when there is untreated regulated medical waste; 4. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A:15 that each ``generator shall mark each individual container of regulated medical waste in accordance with all applicable Federal regulations. . . . ,'' and that the markings must include details of the transporter's name, the date of shipment, the intermediate handler's name, and other specific information; 5. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.19 and those provisions in 7:26-3A.31 which require the use of a specific ``tracking form'' to accompany shipments of regulated medical waste that are prescribed for either the generator or the transporter; 6. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.28 that, when transferring between transporters, each transporter must place a water resistant tag below the generator's marking on the outer surface of the container with the transporter's name, solid waste registration number, and date of receipt; and 7. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.30 which requires that a vehicle used to transport regulated medical waste must have: 1) the name of the transporter; 2) the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) solid waste transporter registration number; and 3) either the words ``Medical Waste'' or ``Infectious Waste'' on two sides and the back of the cargo-carrying body. 8. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.45, to the extent that it requires rail transporters to comply with the transporter requirements of 7:26-3A.28 and 7:26-3A.30. 9. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.46 which requires a specific tracking form to accompany shipments of regulated medical waste for rail transporters. Federal hazardous material transportation law does not preempt the following requirements because they do not create an obstacle in complying with the HMR. 1. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.21(a)(1) to the extent that it requires the generator to retain a copy of the shipping paper for at least three years from the date the regulated medical waste was accepted by the transporter; 2. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.21(a)(2) to the extent that it requires the generator to retain a copy of any exception report for at least three years after the day the exception report was submitted; 3. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.22 to the extent that it requires the generator of regulated medical waste to file an exception report with the state when a transporter and/or destination facility notifies the generator of any discrepancy between the shipment as accepted by the initial transporter and delivered to the destination facility; 4. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.32 to the extent that it requires the transporter to deliver the entire quantity of regulated medical waste to the proper party listed on the tracking form; 5. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.33 to the extent that does not require a particular form to be used to consolidate the multiple shipments; 6. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.34 to the extent that it requires that the transporter of regulated medical waste to retain a copy of the shipping paper for at least three years from the date the regulated medical waste was accepted by the next party; and 7. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.41 to the extent that it requires intermediate handlers and destination facilities to certify that they had received the listed regulated medical waste.
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2013-29015
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-04
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on an information collection pertaining to Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grants. PHMSA will request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a revision to the current information collection. The revision implements a statutory requirement in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Public Law No. 112- 141, July 6, 2012) (MAP-21) to submit an annual report to Congress that identifies the ultimate recipients of HMEP grants and contains a detailed accounting and description of each grant expenditure by each grant recipient, including the amount of, and purpose for, each expenditure. This notice describes and seeks comment on the request for information PHMSA seeks to collect in order to comply with MAP-21.