On August 14, 2019 (84 FR 41556), the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the federal register revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations in 49 CFR Parts 107 thru 180 to update, clarify, improve the safety of, or provide relief from various regulatory requirements. The proposed amendments include adopting a phase-out schedule for certain railroad tank cars used to transport materials poisonous by inhalation, allowing the continued use of certain portable and mobile refrigerator systems commonly used in the produce industry, incorporating an industry standard that can help to enhance the production of oil and gas wells, and incorporating an updated consensus standard which applies to the existing market for fireworks; as well as additional proposed amendments derived from PHMSA’s petition for rulemaking process. This rulemaking responds to numerous petitions for rulemaking submitted by the regulated community that request PHMSA address a variety of provisions, including but not limited to those addressing packaging, hazardous communication, and incorporation by reference documents. Comments must be submitted by October 15, 2019. To the extent possible, PHMSA will consider latefiled comments as a final rule is developed.
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