PHMSA released its final rule under HM-215M today. Although the rule was issued later than planned it will take effect retroactively to January 1, 2014.Since releasing the NPRM for this rule PHMSA received numerous comments. Those comments will be discussed in the next issue of HCB Monthly. The final rule can be viewed here.
Transport Canada has also announced several amendments to the TDG Regulations. They include harmonization with the international ban on the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft on domestic flights, incorporating Protective Direction 33 into the TDG Regulations that will require rail shippers of ethanol, crude oil, gasoline and other flammable liquids to have an approved ERAP in place and adding ERAP requirmeents for sour crude oil and alcohols nos. In addition, new UN product numbers were added for petroleum sour crude oil and biomedical waste.