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Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

Apr 30, 2024 | Events

PHMSA Announces Future Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Meetings

On April 24, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety announced it will host three public meetings throughout the remainder of 2024 in advance of certain international meetings. Specific information for each meeting will be posted online and will include the public meeting date, time, remote access login, conference dial-in number and details for advance registration.

 

FMCSA Requests Comments on FRS ICR

On April 19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested comments on its FMCSA Registration System (FRS) information collection request (ICR). FMCSA is replacing its Unified Registration System with a new, online registration system which will allow all persons required to register to do so online. Comments are due by June 18.

 

PHMSA Publishes Updates on Special Permits

On April 18, PHMSA published updates on special permit applications:

  1. List of Applications for Special Permits – Comments are due by May 20.
  2. List of Applications for Modification of Special Permits – Comments are due by May 3.
  3. Notice of Actions on Special Permit Applications – Comments are due by May 20.

NHTSA Requests Comments on Two New FMVSS for Motor Vehicles Using Hydrogen as a Fuel Source

On April 17, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested comments on its proposal to establish two new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) specifying performance requirements for all motor vehicles using hydrogen as a fuel source. FMVSS No. 307, Fuel System Integrity of Hydrogen Vehicles, would specify requirements for the integrity of the fuel system in hydrogen vehicles during normal vehicle operations and after crashes. FMVSS No. 308, Compressed Hydrogen Storage System Integrity, would specify requirements for the compressed hydrogen storage system to ensure the safe storage of hydrogen onboard vehicles. Comments are due by June 17.

 

NHTSA Requests Comments on Replacement to FMVSS No. 305, Electric-powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection

On April 15, NHTSA requested comments on its proposal to establish FMVSS No. 305a to replace FMVSS No. 305, Electric-powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection. No. 305a would apply to light and heavy vehicles and would have performance and risk mitigation requirements for the propulsion battery. Relating to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, FMVSS No. 305a would also require manufacturers to submit standardized emergency response information for inclusion on NHTSA’s website that would assist first and second responders handling electric vehicles. Comments are due by June 17.

 

FMCSA Requests Comments on Generic Clearance of Customer Satisfaction Surveys ICR

On April 15, FMCSA requested comments on its Generic Clearance of Customer Satisfaction Surveys ICR, which allows FMCSA to continue collecting feedback on its service delivery. Comments are due by May 15.

 

PHMSA Releases Interpretation on Shipping Papers

On April 4, PHMSA released a clarification to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) related to shipping papers and whether a shipping paper may include a company slogan or other non-regulatory information directly below the shipping description. PHMSA shared that in response to the specific question, the additional non-regulatory information would not be a violation of the HMR.

 

PHMSA Releases Interpretation on Placarding Requirements for Transportation of Nitrogen

On March 27, PHMSA released a clarification to the HMRs related to placarding requirements for transportation of nitrogen, refrigerated liquid in insulated cargo tanks. PHMSA shared that placards are not required on the insulated cargo tanks used for carriage of nitrogen, refrigerated liquid when transported in accordance with the conditions of § 173.320(a).

 

PHMSA Releases Interpretation on Transportation of Carbon Dioxide

On March 27, PHMSA released a clarification to the HMRs related to the transportation of carbon dioxide. PHMSA responded while CO2 is listed in the § 172.101 hazardous materials table as a Division 2.2 gas, CO2 does not meet the definition of a Division 2.2 gas when transported as described in the request for interpretation.

 

PHMSA Releases Interpretation on Transportation of Phosphine

On March 27, PHMSA released a clarification to the HMRs relating to the transportation of phosphine and whether the quantity described in the request is a reportable quantity. PHMSA shared that a hazardous substance is a material listed in Appendix A of § 172.101 in a quantity contained in one package that equals or exceeds the reportable quantity for the material listed in Appendix A to § 172.101 and satisfies the applicable criteria for “hazardous substance” as defined in § 171.8.

 

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