June 2, 2016: (FR)(HM–218H) Amendments Made to HMR

PHMSA has issued a final rule, effective July 5, 2016, that makes several amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations in an effort to simplify, clarify, and update certain regulatory requirements.

The goal of the amendments is to encourage safer transportation practices, address NTSB safety recommendations, respond to petitions for rulemaking, make editorial corrections, and promote international commerce.

Some of the amendments include removing PG II designations for certain organic peroxides, self reactive substances, and explosives; incorporating requirements for trailers of manifolded acetylene cylinders; provide requirements to allow for shipments of damaged wet electric batteries; and revisions to the requirements for the packaging of nitric acid.

Docket No. PHMSA–2013–0225 (HM–218H)