The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) so that they align with international standards, according to information published Dec 3, 2002, in the Federal Register. Some of the changes will apply to non-liquefied and liquefied compressed gases' descriptions, addition of high- and low-pressure liquefied gases categories, a self-reactive materials table, and additions to the organic peroxide table.
This 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, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, these revisions are necessary to facilitate transport of hazardous materials in international commerce, according to the information.
While the proposal intends to align the HMR with international standards, RSPA reviews and considers each amendment on its own merit. Each amendment is considered based on overall impact on transportation safety and economic implications of its adoption into the HMR.
To see the entire proposed rule, access the web site at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/ or phone Joan McIntyre at 202-366-8553 or Shane Kelley at 202-366-0656.
Except for incorporation by reference materials, comments on the proposal must be received by Feb 3, 2003. Comments for the incorporation by reference of publications listed in Sec 171.7 must be received by Jan 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).