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US Department of Transportation Provides Update on HM-219A Miscellaneous Petitions for Rulemaking

Posted on: November 12, 2018

HM-291Aby Steve Schulte, CHMM, CPP, Fellow

On November 7, 2018, the Office of Pipeline Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) issued HM-219A, a final rule addressing miscellaneous petitions to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). This final rule was issued in response to petitions for rulemakings submitted by the regulated community.

The effective date of this final rule is December 7, 2018, with a voluntary compliance date of November 17, 2018 and a delayed compliance date of November 7, 2019, unless otherwise specified in this final rule.

These amendments are intended to update, clarify or provide relief from miscellaneous regulatory requirements.

What amendments are contained in HM-219A?

The key new amendments in HM-219A include:

  • ‘Addressing inconsistencies with domestic and international labels and placards’, which would clarify the use of internationally recognized labels and placards
  • Permitting the use of plastic or metal pallets for the shipment of limited quantity hazardous materials providd that the hazardous materials are compatible with the pallet material
  • ‘No longer mandating that excepted quantities comply with the emergency response telephone requirement’;
  • ‘Allowing electronic signatures for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manifest forms’
  • ‘Allowing for combination non-bulk packaging that are tested and marked for a liquid hazardous material to be filled with a solid hazardous material’
  • Adding shipping descriptions for materials in roadway striping vehicles

A full discussion of these changes can be found in the Final Rule.

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Useful Information

Final Rule HM-219A [PDF]

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