May 30, 2012: (NTC) PHMSA – combustible liquids


PHMSA has cancelled their plans to effectively abolish the combustible hazard class in HM-242. Despite the benefits to international commerce, non-bulk shippers did not want to lose the associated relief and bulk shippers were reluctant to send them as non-hazardous because of the very real hazards posed during transport. On April 5, 2012, PHMSA published their intent to revise the regulations pertaining to combustible liquids, a classification unique to US domestic transportation. PHMSA intended to harmonize these rules with existing international standards, which do not currently regulate combustible liquids (those liquids with a flashpoint of 141-200 degrees F). They also discussed revising the marking and placarding requirements of these materials and expanding current exceptions. However, due to negative feedback from the industry, PHMSA withdrew the advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

Author: Wendy Buckley

Wendy has been in the hazardous materials industry for over 17 years. She worked for both the Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey State Department of Transportation as a Railroad Hazardous Materials Safety Inspector. Wendy was an Investigator with the Office of Inspector General at Amtrak, a Multi-Modal HazMat Instructor and Auditor with a premier training and consulting company, and managed the Regulatory Affairs department at a multi-billion dollar, multi-national laboratory supply company. Wendy started her career as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Firefighter and today she is the President & Founder of Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services, a hazardous materials and hazardous waste management consulting firm. Wendy has multiple degrees from several private and public Universities.