PHMSA Issues Final Rule HM-259 On Pilot-In-Command & Response To Air Related Petitions

Posted on: October 18, 2018

By Steve Schulte, CHMM, CPP

On October 18, 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule titled Docket No. PHMSA-2015-0100 (HM-259) Hazardous Materials: Notification of the Pilot-in-Command and Response to Air Related Petitions for Rulemaking, also known as Rule HM-259.

The effective date of this final rule HM-259 is October 18, 2018, with a delayed mandatory compliance date of October 18, 2019.

What changes are contained in Rule HM-259?

The PHMSA has made changes to the provisions of the Hazardous Materials Regulations as it relates to shipments by air. The changes represent a closer alignment with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions as it relates to the NOTOC (Notice to Crew).

The PHMSA has also made several changes to the provisions in the Hazardous Materials Regulations relating to the transport of hazardous materials by air. Changes include the deletion of special provision A3 and A6 which cover intermediate packaging of glass and plastic. The final rule also covers a revision to the package inspection and securing requirements.

More information regarding final rule HM-259 can be found here.

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Useful Information

HM-259 Docket No. PHMSA-2015-0100


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