August 11, 2014: (NPRM) (HM253) PHMSA Issues NPRM on Reverse Logistics

PHMSA is proposing a revision to the Hazardous Materials Regulations in regards to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle. The revision would include a definition for reverse logistics for hazardous materials that are being returned to, or between, a vendor, distributor, manufacturer or other person for the purpose of returning for a credit, product recall, product replacement or similar reason. PHMSA would like to establish a new section within the regulations that would provide an exception for materials that are transported in a manner that meets the definition of reverse logistics. The exception would clearly identify the hazardous materials authorized, packaging, hazard communication and training requirements applicable to reverse logistics shipments. The rule making would also expand an existing exception for reverse logistics shipments of used automobile batteries that are being shipped from a retail facility to a recycling center.
PHMSA will be accepting comments on this proposed rule until October 10, 2014.

Read the entire proposed rule and view the instructions to submit your comments please visit Federal Register – Hazardous Materials: Reverse Logistics (RRR)