RSPA proposes to amend HMR to align with international standards
Dec 3, 2002 12:00 PM
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RPSA) is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) so that they align with international standards, according to information published in the "Federal Register" December 3.
Some of the changes will apply to non-liquefied and liquefied compressed gases descriptions, the addition of high pressure and low pressure liquefied gases categories, self-reactive materials table, and additions to the organic peroxide table. The proposal includes changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements.
Because of recent changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions), and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN Recommendations), these revisions are necessary to facilitate the transport of hazardous materials in international commerce, according to the information.
While the intent of the proposal is to align the HMR with international standards, RSPA reviews and considers each amendment on its own merit. Each amendment is considered on the basis of the overall impact on transportation safety and the economic implications associated with its adoption into the HMR, according to the information.
To see the proposed rule in its entirety click here for the "Federal Register" Web site. Information also can be obtained by calling Joan McIntyre, 202-366-8553, or Shane Kelley, 202-366-0656, at RSPA.
With the exception of incorporation by reference materials,
comments on the proposal must be received by February 3, 2003. Comments for the incorporation by reference of publications listed
in Sec 171.7 must be received by January 2, 2003. Address comments to the Dockets Management System, US Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh St SW, Room PL 401, Washington DC 20590. Comments must identify Docket Number RSPA-2002-13658 (HM-215E).