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This page provides a listing of recently published final rules, notice of proposed rulemaking, advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and other notices published in the Federal Register. You may view or print a TEXT version or a Portable Document Format (PDF) version (i.e., a file that allows you to view/print the document in its original format ) of the rulemaking. With the Adobe Acrobat Reader (to download, see below), you will be able to view, and print out, a .PDF file and you will have a reproduction of the Federal Register version of the rulemaking. If you are unable to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader, then you may call our Dockets Unit at (202) 366-5046 to request the documents you need. If you have any questions on the documents listed here please either contact your question to us (preferred) or call 1-800-467-4922 (there may be a wait).

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Final Rules: Recently Published Final Rules:

  1. RSPA-97-2905 (HM-166Y); TITLE:"Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments"; Response to Petitions for Reconsideration; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/30/98; Published 10/30/98; 63 FR 58323.

    SUMMARY: On July 10, 1998, RSPA published a final rule under Docket RSPA-97-2905 (HM-166Y) which amended the HMR by incorporating miscellaneous changes based on petitions for rulemaking and RSPA initiative. The intent of the final rule was to provide relief from certain regulatory requirements and to update and clarify certain other requirements. In this document, RSPA denies three petitions for reconsideration to the July 10, 1998 final rule concerning the amendments relating to IM portable tanks.

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  2. RSPA-98-4185 (HM-215C); TITLE:"Harmonization with the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions"; Final Rule; Effective Date 01/01/99; Published 10/29/98; 63 FR 57929.

    SUMMARY: This final rule amends a requirement for the use of the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and updates references in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to include the most recent amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) and the ICAO Technical Instructions. These amendments are necessary to facilitate the continued transport of hazardous materials in international commerce by vessel and aircraft at the time these international regulations become effective.

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  3. RSPA-98-4404 (HM-189O); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials Regulations; Editorial Corrections and Clarifications"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/98; Published 10/01/98; 63 FR 52843.

    SUMMARY: This final rule corrects editorial errors, makes minor regulatory changes, and in response to requests for clarification, improves the clarity of certain provisions in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The intended effect of this rule is to enhance the accuracy and reduce misunderstandings of the HMR. This non-substantive final rule correcting minor errors in the hazardous materials regulations was not preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking because RSPA finds that notice and public comment are unnecessary under the Administrative Procedure Act.

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  4. RSPA-97-2850 (HM-169B); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Withdrawal of Radiation Protection Program Requirement"; Final Rule; Effective Date 9/10/98; Published 09/10/98; 63 FR 48565.

    SUMMARY: RSPA is removing regulations on ``Radiation Protection Program'' and related modal provisions that require persons who offer, accept for transportation, or transport radioactive materials to develop and maintain a written radiation protection program. This action is necessary to address difficulties and complexities concerning implementation of and compliance with the requirements for a radiation protection program, as evidenced by comments received from the radioactive material transportation industry and other interested parties.

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  5. RSPA-97-2905 (HM-166Y); TITLE:"Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/98; Published 07/10/98; 63 FR 37453.

    SUMMARY: This final rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) by incorporating miscellaneous changes based on petitions for rulemaking and RSPA initiative. This action is necessary to improve safety and to respond to petitions for rulemaking. The intended effect of these regulatory changes is to update, clarify or provide relief from certain regulatory requirements.

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  6. HM-206; TITLE:"Improvements to Hazardous Materials Identification Systems; Editorial Revisions and Responses to Petitions for Reconsideration and Appeal"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/98; Published 04/01/98; 63 FR 16069.

    SUMMARY: In this final rule, RSPA is making changes to a final rule published on January 8, 1997, and modified in a July 22, 1997 final rule, which amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations to better identify hazardous materials in transportation. The primary changes include: clarifying requirements for display of identification numbers for large quantity shipments of hazardous materials; revising requirements for display of identification numbers for non-bulk packages of hazardous materials that are poisonous by inhalation in Hazard Zone A or B; and providing alternative methods for marking the carrier's telephone number on the exterior of a highway transport vehicle containing hazardous materials that is disconnected from its motive power and not marked with an identification number. Other minor technical and editorial changes are also made. In making improvements to the hazardous materials identification systems in the HMR, RSPA intends to improve safety for transportation workers, emergency responders, and the public.

    In this final rule, RSPA is responding to four petitions for reconsideration of the July 22, 1997 final rule and one appeal of an RSPA denial of part of a petition for reconsideration of the January 8, 1997 final rule. Generally, this final rule clarifies and revises certain requirements in partial response to the petitions and the appeal and denies other parts of the petitions and the appeal.

    A guidance brochure has been developed to aid in complying with the fumigation marking requirements of Docket HM-206. This brochure can be found on our OHM Publications & Reports page.

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  7. HM-200; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials in Intrastate Commerce; Technical Amendments"; Final Rule; Effective Date 02/18/98; Published 02/18/98; 63 FR 8140.

    SUMMARY: On January 8, 1997, RSPA published a final rule which amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to expand the scope of the regulations to all intrastate transportation of hazardous materials. The intended effect of the January 8, 1997 rule was to raise the level of safety in the transportation of hazardous materials by applying a uniform system of safety regulations to all hazardous materials transported in commerce throughout the United States. In this final rule, RSPA is: Correcting a date for States to develop legislation authorizing certain exceptions recognized in the HMR; clarifying packaging requirements for hazardous materials transported for agricultural operations; correcting size requirements for identification number markings; and clarifying that the provisions for use of non-specification cargo tanks apply to transportation of gasoline. The minor technical amendments made by this final rule will not impose any new requirements on persons subject to the HMR.

    Three guidance brochures have been developed to aid in complying with the requirements of Docket HM-200. These brochures can be found on our OHM Publications & Reports page.

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  8. HM-169B; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Radiation Protection Program Requirement"; Final Rule; Extension of compliance date; Effective Date 12/22/97; Published 12/22/97; 62 FR 66900.

    SUMMARY: RSPA is extending until October 1, 1999, the date for mandatory compliance with the Radiation Protection Program (RPP) requirements adopted in the final rule issued September 28, 1995. During this period, RSPA intends to consider in a separate rulemaking whether the RPP requirements should be withdrawn or revised because of the difficulties and complexities concerning implementation of and compliance with the RPP requirements. RSPA believes that compliance should not be required with requirements that may be withdrawn or substantially revised, and that overall safety in the transportation of radioactive materials will be advanced by reexamining the RPP requirements before requiring compliance with the current requirements.

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  9. HM-169B; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Radiation Protection Program Requirement"; Revocation of direct final rule; Reinstatement of regulations; Effective Date 09/30/97; Published 12/22/97; 62 FR 66897.

    SUMMARY: This action restores regulatory text that was removed by a September 2, 1997 direct final rule because interested parties submitted adverse comments on it. In the direct final rule, RSPA removed regulations that require persons who offer, accept for transportation, or transport radioactive materials to develop and maintain written radiation protection programs. The effect of this action is that the radiation protection program requirements issued on September 28, 1995 remain in effect. RSPA is publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register inviting further comments on the need to withdraw or revise the radiation protection program requirements.

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  10. HM-225; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service; Response To Petitions for Reconsideration; Editorial Revisions; and Rules Clarification"; Final Rule; Effective Date 12/10/97; Published 12/10/97; 62 FR 65187.

    SUMMARY: On August 18, 1997, RSPA published a final rule adopting certain safety standards applicable to cargo tank motor vehicles in liquefied compressed gas service. In response to petitions for reconsideration filed by Farmland Industries, Inc. (Farmland), The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), and AmeriGas Propane, L.P. (AmeriGas), RSPA is revising a requirement concerning the daily pressure testing of transfer hoses on these cargo tank motor vehicles, and the agency is revising Sec. 171.5(a) for consistency with Sec. 178.337-11(a)(1)(i) by removing a hose rupture (i.e., incomplete separation) as a condition that causes the internal self-closing stop valve to function. This action grants certain petitions for reconsideration of the final rule pertaining to effective and practical standards to assure the integrity of transfer hoses used in unloading operations. Also, in this final rule, RSPA is granting the request by Farmland and TFI to extend the expiration of the final rule requirements for four months, to July 1, 1999. RSPA is denying the request by AmeriGas for an immediate stay of the provisions of Sec. 171.5(a)(1)(iii) and the AmeriGas request for reconsideration of: The provision in Sec. 171.5(c) setting forth an expiration date for the final rule requirements; and RSPA's interpretation of the attendance requirements in Sec. 177.834(i) that a qualified person must always maintain an unobstructed view of the cargo tank. Additionally, this action makes editorial revisions and clarifies certain provisions adopted in the final rule.

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  11. HM-189N; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials Regulations; Editorial Corrections and Clarifications"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/97; Published 10/01/97; 62 FR 51553

    SUMMARY: This final rule corrects editorial errors, makes minor regulatory changes, and in response to requests for clarification, improves the clarity of certain provisions to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The intended effect of this rule is to enhance the accuracy and reduce misunderstandings of the HMR. The amendments contained in this rule are minor editorial changes and do not impose new requirements.

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  12. HM-200; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials in Intrastate Commerce; Delay of Compliance Date, Technical Amendments, Corrections and Response to Petitions for Reconsideration"; Final Rule; Published 09/22/97; 62 FR 49559

    SUMMARY: On January 8, 1997, RSPA published a final rule which amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to expand the scope of the regulations to intrastate transportation of hazardous materials. The intended effect of the January 8, 1997 rule is to raise the level of safety in the transportation of hazardous materials by applying a uniform system of safety regulations to all hazardous materials transported in commerce throughout the United States. In this final rule, RSPA is providing one additional year, until October 1, 1998, for compliance, responding to petitions for reconsideration and correcting errors in the January 8, 1997 final rule. The minor editorial changes made by this final rule will not impose any new requirements on persons subject to the HMR.

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  13. HM-225; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service; Advisory Guidance for Leak Testing Discharge Systems"; Advisory Guidance; Published 09/19/97; 62 FR 49171

    SUMMARY: On August 18, 1997, RSPA published in the Federal Register a final rule adopting certain safety standards applicable to cargo tank motor vehicles used in liquefied compressed gas service. This advisory guidance identifies a potential safety problem when leak testing a cargo tank motor vehicle's discharge system and clarifies a pressure test requirement for new or repaired transfer hoses. It is responsive to a petition for reconsideration and a request for clarification.

    Note: Please see the article regarding the

    HREF="http://hazmat.dot.gov/hmnews.htm" hm225ruling">preliminary injunction issued by the Missouri District Court

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  14. HM-169B; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Withdrawal of Radiation Protection Program Requirement"; Direct Final Rule; Effective Date 09/30/97; Published 09/2/97; 62 FR 46214

    SUMMARY: RSPA is removing Radiation Protection Program regulations and related modal provisions that require the development and maintenance of a written radiation protection program for persons who offer, accept for transportation, or transport radioactive materials. This action is necessary to address difficulties and complexities concerning implementation of and compliance with the requirements for a radiation protection program, as evidenced by comments received from the radioactive material transportation industry and other interested parties.

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  15. HM-206; TITLE:"Improvements to Hazardous Materials Identification Systems; Corrections and Responses to Petitions for Reconsideration"; Final Rule; Published 08/28/97; 62 FR 45702

    CORRECTION: In rule document 97-18995, beginning on page 39398, in the issue of Tuesday, July 22, 1997, make the following correction:

    Sec. 172.313 [Corrected]

    On page 39405, in Sec. 172.313 in amendatory instruction 6., in the first line ``added'' should read ``amended''. BILLING CODE 1505-01-D

    A guidance brochure has been developed to aid in complying with the fumigation marking requirements of Docket HM-206. This brochure can be found on our OHM Publications & Reports page.

  16. HM-215B; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions"; Correction; Final Rule; Published 08/28/97; 62 FR 45702

    SUMMARY: This rule contains corrections to document 97-10481, beginning on page 24690, that was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, May 6, 1997.

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  17. HM-221B; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Use of Non-Specification Open-Head Fiber Drum Packagings "; Confirmation of effective date of direct final rule; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/97; Published 08/25/97; 62 FR 44913

    SUMMARY: This document confirms the October 1, 1997 effective date of the direct final rule in this rulemaking docket, published on June 2, 1997. That rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to allow the transportation of certain liquid hazardous materials in non- specification open-head fiber drums until September 30, 1999, if the fiber drums have been filled before, and are not emptied and refilled after, the expiration of the current authority for the use of these packagings.

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  18. HM-225; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service"; Revisions and Response to Petitions for Reconsideration; Final Rule; Effective Date 08/16/97; Published 08/18/97; 62 FR 44037

    SUMMARY: RSPA is revising and extending requirements issued in an interim final rule (IFR) on February 19, 1997. Revisions are being made to address commenters' concerns particularly in the area of operator attendance requirements and to improve safety. The rule adopts temporary requirements for cargo tank motor vehicles in certain liquefied compressed gas service. It requires a specific marking on affected cargo tank motor vehicles and requires motor carriers to comply with additional operational controls intended to compensate for the inability of passive emergency discharge control systems to function as required by the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The interim operational controls specified in this rule will improve safety while the industry and government continue to work to develop a system that effectively stops the discharge of hazardous materials from a cargo tank if there is a failure of a transfer hose or piping. These operational controls are necessary because a substantial portion of the industry failed to comply with an important excess flow requirement, which has been in place since 1941, and has failed to comply with the IFR. Because of this widespread non-compliance, RSPA also published in today's Federal Register an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) soliciting data to serve as a basis for future rulemaking. This advance notice addresses a number of other issues, including the ability of industry to meet a possible 1-, 2- or 3-year retrofit schedule; standards for the qualification, testing and use of hoses used in unloading; safety procedures for persons performing unloading operations; and, whether the Federal government should continue to regulate in this area.

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  19. HM-206; TITLE:"Improvements to Hazardous Materials Identification Systems; Corrections and Responses to Petition for Reconsideration"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/98; Published 07/22/97; 62 FR 39397

    SUMMARY: In this rule, RSPA is making changes to a final rule published on January 8, 1997, in which RSPA amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations to better identify and communicate the hazards associated with hazardous materials in transportation in commerce. This final rule corrects errors in, and responds to petitions for reconsideration of, the January 8, 1997 final rule. The changes in this final rule include postponement until October 1, 1998, of the effective date of the January 8, 1997 final rule, and October 1, 1999, of the date for compliance with a requirement for new labels on packagings containing materials poisonous by inhalation. As modified by this final rule, the January 8, 1997 final rule is intended to assist emergency response personnel in responding to and mitigating the effects of incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials, and to improve safety to transportation workers and the public.

    RSPA is providing electronic copies (Windows Bitmaps) of the labels and placards required for materials that are poisonous by inhalation. The files have been zipped to reduce the amount of download time and can be unzipped using WinZip, PKUNZIP, or any other decompressing utility. Download lbl_plac.zip.

    Note: the Windows Bitmaps files are not actual size. It is the shipper's, carrier's, and/or label and placard manufacturers responsibility to ensure that the label and/or placard used meets the requirements of 49 CFR Part 172, Subparts E and F (e.g., size, color, etc.).

    A guidance brochure has been developed to aid in complying with the fumigation marking requirements of Docket HM-206. This brochure can be found on our OHM Publications & Reports page.

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  20. HM-224A; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Shipping Description and Packaging of Oxygen Generators; Delay of Effective Date, Technical Amendments and Corrections"; Final Rule; Effective Date 08/07/97; Published 06/27/97; 62 FR 34667

    SUMMARY: On June 5, 1997, RSPA published a final rule which amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations by adding a specific shipping description to the Hazardous Materials Table for chemical oxygen generators. In this revision to the final rule, RSPA is delaying the effective date of the final rule for one month, authorizing permissive compliance immediately, correcting the identification number for chemical oxygen generators and a typographic error in the Hazardous Materials Table entry for them, and revising Special provision 60 for clarity and to provide additional time to conform to additional approval procedures.

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  21. RSP-3; TITLE:"Availability of Interpretations of Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Safety Regulations; Correction"; Final Rule, Correction; Effective Date 06/26/97; Published 06/26/97; 62 FR 34415

    SUMMARY: This document makes corrections to a final rule which RSPA published in the Federal Register on May 2, 1997 (62 FR 24055). The final rule established two new informational sections which included Internet web site addresses. This final rule provides the most current web site address for RSPA's Office of Hazardous Materials Safety and corrects the web site address for RSPA's Office of Pipeline Safety.

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  22. HM-224A; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Shipping Description and Packaging of Oxygen Generators"; Final Rule; Effective Date 07/07/97; Published 06/05/97; 62 FR 30767

    SUMMARY: This final rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations to add a specific shipping description to the Hazardous Materials Table for chemical oxygen generators and to require approval of a chemical oxygen generator, and its packaging, when a chemical oxygen generator is to be transported with its means of initiation attached. Oxygen generators currently are transported under several different shipping descriptions which identify chemical constituents but do not identify that the packaged articles are oxygen generators. These changes will facilitate the identification of oxygen generators in transportation, making it easier to comply with and enforce existing prohibitions against the carriage of chemical oxygen generators on passenger aircraft and in inaccessible locations on cargo aircraft, and enhance packaging requirements.

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  23. HM-221B; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Use of Non-Specification Open-Head Fiber Drum Packagings"; Direct Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/97; Published 06/02/97; 62 FR 29673

    SUMMARY: RSPA is allowing the transportation of certain liquid hazardous materials in non-specification open-head fiber drums until September 30, 1999, if the fiber drums have been filled before, and are not emptied and refilled after, the expiration of the current authority for the use of these packagings. RSPA is terminating its rulemakings relating to alternate standards for open-head fiber drums based on the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that RSPA should not extend authorization for the transportation of liquid hazardous materials in open-head fiber drums that do not meet the performance-oriented packaging standards adopted in RSPA's rulemaking docket No. HM-181. This action completes the rulemakings mandated by Section 406 of the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act concerning alternate standards for open-head fiber drums used in the transportation of liquid hazardous materials.

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  24. HM-215B; TITLE:"Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/97; Published 05/06/97; 62 FR 24689

    SUMMARY: This final rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with corresponding provisions of international standards. 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.

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  25. RSP-3; TITLE:"Availability of Interpretations of Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Safety Regulations; Final Rule; Effective Date 05/12/97; Published 05/02/97; 62 FR 24055

    SUMMARY: In this final rule, RSPA establishes two new informational sections. The new sections give notice of the availability of informal guidance and interpretive assistance concerning the Federal hazardous materials transportation law and the Hazardous Materials Regulations, as well as the Federal pipeline safety law and the pipeline safety regulations.

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  26. HM-181H; TITLE:"Performance-Oriented Packaging Standards; Final Transitional Provisions; Revisions and Response to Petitions for Reconsideration"; Final rule; editorial revisions and response to petitions for reconsideration; Effective Date 03/26/97; Published 03/26/97; 62 FR 14334

    SUMMARY: On September 26, 1996, RSPA published a final rule which amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations to incorporate a number of changes based on rulemaking petitions from industry, RSPA initiatives and comments received at public meetings, to the classification of certain hazardous materials which are poisonous by inhalation and to provisions for the manufacture, use, and reuse of hazardous materials packagings. The intended effect of the September 26, 1996 rule is to improve safety, reduce compliance costs to offerors and transporters of hazardous materials, make the regulations easier to use and correct or the long term comparable to that provided by its long-standing regulation. At the same time, the Agency is also seeking comments on the costs and benefits of the interim measures adopted in this rule.

    A public meeting is scheduled for March 20, 1997, to receive comments and recommendations in regard to the measures adopted in this interim final rule and to solicit recommendations for a permanent solution. Additionally, two workshops have been scheduled for March 4- 5, 1997 and April 8-9, 1997. All interested persons, including trade organizations, cargo tank producers, individual wholesale and retail entities involved in the distribution of liquefied compressed gases and representatives of public protection organizations, are encouraged to participate.

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  27. HM-207F; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials Regulations; Penalty Guidelines "; Final Rule; Effective Date 01/21/97; Published 01/21/97; 62 FR 2970

    SUMMARY: In this final rule, RSPA is increasing the maximum civil penalty, from $25,000 to $27,500, for a knowing violation of Federal hazardous materials transportation law or the Hazardous Materials Regulations. RSPA is also publishing revised baseline assessments for frequently cited violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations, in order to provide the regulated community and the general public with more current information on RSPA's hazardous material penalty assessment process. These revisions to RSPA's baseline penalty assessments consider the increase in the maximum civil penalty to $27,500.

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  28. HM-200; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials in Intrastate Commerce"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/97; Published 01/08/97; 62 FR 1207

    SUMMARY: This final rule requires that all intrastate shippers and carriers comply with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with certain exceptions. This action is necessary to comply with amendments to the Federal hazardous materials transportation law mandating that DOT regulate the transportation of hazardous materials in intrastate commerce. The intended effect of this rule is to raise the level of safety in the transportation of hazardous materials by applying a uniform system of safety regulations to all hazardous materials transported in commerce throughout the United States.

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  29. HM-206; TITLE:"Improvements to Hazardous Materials Identification Systems"; Final Rule; Effective Date 10/01/97; Published 01/08/97; 62 FR 1217

    SUMMARY: This final rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to better identify hazardous materials in transportation. Changes include adding a new ``POISON INHALATION HAZARD'' (PIH) label and placard to enhance the ready identification of materials which are poisonous if inhaled, lowering the quantity for specific hazard class placarding from 2,268 kilograms (5,000 pounds) to 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds) of one class or division of material loaded on a transport vehicle, expanding requirements for transport vehicles and freight containers that have been fumigated, and other enhancements to the hazard communication system. Improved identification of, and information about, hazardous materials in transportation assists emergency response personnel in responding to and mitigating the effects of incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials, and improves safety to transportation workers and the public.

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  30. HM-224; TITLE: "Prohibition of Oxygen Generators as Cargo in Passenger- Aircraft"; Final Rule; Effective Date 12/31/96; Published 12/30/96; 61 FR 68951

    SUMMARY: RSPA is prohibiting the transportation of oxygen generators as cargo on board passenger-carrying aircraft. This rule applies to both foreign and domestic passenger-carrying aircraft entering, leaving or operating in the United States, and to any person offering an oxygen generator for transportation on any passenger-carrying aircraft.

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  31. HM-215B; TITLE:"Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions"; Final Rule; Effective Date 06/01/97; Published 12/16/96; 61 FR 65958

    SUMMARY: This final rule updates references in the Hazardous Materials Regulations to include the most recent amendments to international standards. Because of recent changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) and the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions), these amendments are necessary to facilitate the continued transport of hazardous materials in international commerce by vessel and aircraft when these international regulations become effective.

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  32. HM-181H; TITLE:"Performance-Oriented Packaging Standards; Final Transitional Provisions; Final Rule; Effective Date 01/01/97; Published 09/26/96; 61 FR 50615

    SUMMARY: RSPA is incorporating into the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) a number of changes, based on agency initiative, petitions for rulemaking and comments received at public meetings, to the classification of certain hazardous materials which are poisonous by inhalation and to provisions for the manufacture, use and reuse of hazardous materials packagings. These regulatory changes are intended to improve safety, reduce compliance costs for offerors and transporters of hazardous materials, make the regulations easier to use, and correct errors.

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Proposed Rules: Recently Published Notices of Proposed rulemakings (NPRM) and Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (ANPRM):

  1. RSPA-98-4943 (HM-225B); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Authorization for the Continued Manufacture of Certain MC 331 Cargo Tanks"; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Published Date 01/12/99; 64 FR 1789

    SUMMARY:This notice proposes to extend from March 1, 1999 to July 1, 1999, the period for continued manufacture of MC 331 cargo tanks without certification and demonstrated performance of the emergency discharge control system. The intent of this NPRM is to provide for the uninterrupted production of specification MC 331 cargo tanks used in the transportation of propane, anhydrous ammonia and other liquefied compressed gases.

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  2. RSPA-98-3684 (HM-220); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Requirements for DOT Specification Cylinders; Extension of Comment Period and Announcement of Second Public Meeting"; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Published Date 12/31/98; 63 FR 72224

    SUMMARY: RSPA is extending for 120 days, until May 28, 1999, the period for filing comments to a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published under Docket HM-220. RSPA is taking this action in response to petitions filed by the Compressed Gas Association, Inc. (CGA) and the National Welding Supply Association, Inc. (NWSA). The petitioners requested that RSPA provide additional time to allow shippers, the gas and cylinder industries, and other interested parties sufficient time to review and address the changes proposed in the NPRM. RSPA also is holding a second public meeting on January 28, 1999, in Washington, DC to discuss the proposals.

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  3. RSPA-98-3974; TITLE:"Revised and Clarified Hazardous Materials Safety Rulemaking and Program Procedures; Proposed Rule"; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Published Date 12/11/98; 63 FR 68623

    SUMMARY: In response to President Clinton's mandate to Federal agencies to make communications with the public more understandable, RSPA is issuing this NPRM in which it proposes to revise and clarify the hazardous materials safety rulemaking and program procedures by: Putting them into plain language and making minor substantive changes. Creating a new part that will contain all defined terms used in RSPA's procedural regulations. Demonstrating clearer Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) formats.

    View/Print public comments submitted under Docket No. RSPA-98-3974.

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  4. RSPA 98-3684 (HM-220); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Requirements for DOT Specification Cylinders"; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Published Date 10/30/98; 63 FR 58459

    SUMMARY: RSPA proposes to amend certain requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to establish four new DOT cylinder specifications and to revise the requirements for maintenance, requalification, and repair of all DOT specification cylinders. In addition, RSPA proposes to: revise the requirements for approval of cylinder requalifiers, independent inspection agencies, and nondomestic chemical analysis and tests; revise the cylinder requalification, maintenance and repair requirements; and to revise the requirements for hazardous materials that are authorized to be offered for transportation in cylinders. Finally, this NPRM incorporates a proposal to remove from use aluminum alloy 6351-T6 that was published in an advance notice under Docket HM-176A and terminates that docket (RIN: 2131-AB51).

    This action is being taken to--simplify the HMR for construction of cylinders; provide for flexibility in the design, construction and use of cylinders; recognize recent advances in cylinder manufacturing and requalification technologies; promote safety though simplification of the regulations; reduce the need for exemptions; and facilitate international commerce. The intended effect of this action is to enhance the safe transportation of hazardous materials in cylinders.

    December 8, 1998 Public Meeting Proceedings and Power Power Point Briefing by Charles Hochman.

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  5. RSPA 98-3971 (HM-226); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Revision to Standards for Infectious Substances and Genetically Modified Micro-organisms"; Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Notice of public meeting; Published Date 09/02/98; 63 FR 46843

    SUMMARY: RSPA is considering revising the requirements for infectious substances, including regulated medical waste (RMW) to: adopt defining criteria, hazard communication and packaging requirements for Division 6.2 materials consistent with international standards; revise broad exceptions for diagnostic specimens and biological products; provide additional packagings for RMW; and make other changes to improve and clarify regulatory requirements and exceptions. These proposals are intended to ensure an acceptable level of safety in the transport of infectious substances, facilitate international transportation and make it easier to understand and comply with the regulations. In order to enhance the opportunity to provide comments to RSPA concerning this notice, the public is invited to provide written or E- mail comments during the comment period and to participate in an electronic public meeting on the Internet on September 14, 15 and 16, 1998.

    Download the complete transcript of the Internet Public Meeting. 

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  6. RSPA-98-4185 (HM-215C); TITLE:"Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions"; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Published Date 08/18/98; 63 FR 44311

    SUMMARY: This notice consolidates Docket HM-215C and HM-217 (``Labeling Requirements for Poisonous Materials''). RSPA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international standards by proposing to incorporate numerous changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations and vessel stowage requirements. In addition, RSPA proposes to make other amendments to the HMR, including the proposal to eliminate the ``Keep Away From Food'' label for poisonous materials in Division 6.1, Packing Group III. 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 proposed revisions are necessary to facilitate the transport of hazardous materials in international commerce.

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  7. RSPA-97-2718 (HM-225A); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Safety Standards for Preventing and Mitigating Unintentional Releases During the Unloading of Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service"; Notice of negotiated rulemaking committee meetings; Published 08/20/98; 63 FR 44601

    SUMMARY:In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, RSPA announces the dates for its advisory committee meetings to negotiate recommendations for alternative safety standards for preventing and mitigating unintentional releases of hazardous materials during the unloading of cargo tank motor vehicles in liquefied compressed gas service. The Committee will meet on the dates listed below. The public is invited to attend; an opportunity for members of the public to make oral presentations will be provided if time permits.

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  8. HM-169B; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Withdrawal of Radiation Protection Program Requirement"; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Published Date 12/22/97; 62 FR 66903

    SUMMARY: RSPA is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to remove Subpart I of 49 CFR Part 172, ``Radiation Protection Program'' and related modal provisions that require persons who offer, accept for transportation, or transport radioactive materials to develop and maintain a written radiation protection program. This action is necessary to address difficulties and complexities concerning implementation of and compliance with the requirements for a radiation protection program, as evidenced by comments received from the radioactive material transportation industry and other interested parties.

    View/Print public comments submitted under Docket No. RSPA-97-2850.

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  9. HM-224A; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Prohibition of Oxidizers Aboard Aircraft;"; Notice of Public Meeting and Reopening of Comment Period; Published 11/28/97; 62 FR 63306

    SUMMARY: RSPA is inviting additional comments concerning proposals to prohibit the transportation of oxidizers in passenger-carrying aircraft and in inaccessible locations on cargo aircraft, as issued by RSPA in a notice of proposed rulemaking on December 30, 1996, and a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on August 20, 1997. RSPA and FAA will hold a public meeting on January 14, 1998, in Washington, DC. In addition, RSPA is reopening the comment period for Docket HM-224A until February 13, 1998.

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  10. HM-166Y; TITLE:"Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments"; Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); Published 09/24/97; 62 FR 50221

    SUMMARY:RSPA proposes to make miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) based on petitions for rulemaking and RSPA initiative. These proposed amendments are intended to update, clarify or provide relief from certain regulatory requirements.

    View/Print public comments submitted under Docket No. RSPA-97-2905.

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  11. HM-224A; TITLE:"Prohibition of Oxidizers Aboard Aircraft"; Proposed Rule; Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking. (NPRM); Published 08/20/97; 62 FR 44373

    SUMMARY: On December 30, 1996, RSPA proposed to amend the Hazardous Material Regulations to prohibit the carriage of oxidizers, including compressed oxygen, aboard all passenger-carrying aircraft. The effect of this prohibition would be to limit oxidizers to accessible locations on cargo aircraft. The December 30, 1996 notice of proposed rulemaking analyzed Class D cargo compartments and indicated that a supplemental notice would be published to analyze Class B and C compartments. This supplemental notice specifically analyzes the prohibition of oxidizers in other than Class D cargo compartments. The proposed requirements would apply to foreign and domestic aircraft entering, leaving, or operating within the United States. The purpose of these proposals is to enhance air transportation safety.

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  12. HM-225A; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Safety Standards for Unloading Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service (ANPRM); Published 8/18/97; 62 FR 44059

    SUMMARY:In this advance notice of proposed rulemaking, RSPA requests comments concerning the need, if any, for amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations with regard to emergency discharge control features required on cargo tank motor vehicles in liquefied compressed gas service; the ability of industry to meet a possible 1-, 2- or 3- year retrofit schedule; standards for the qualification, testing and use of hoses used in unloading; safety procedures for persons performing unloading operations; and, whether the Federal government should continue to regulate in this area. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking addresses specification MC 330, MC 331, and certain non-specification cargo tank motor vehicles which are used to deliver propane, anhydrous ammonia, and other liquefied compressed gases. It responds to recently discovered deficiencies which affect the safety of unloading liquefied compressed gases from many of these cargo tank motor vehicles. The intended effect of this action is to obtain information concerning the need for regulatory changes to ensure an acceptable level of safety for delivery of liquefied compressed gases, the costs and benefits associated with such changes, and ways to minimize impacts on small entities affected by them. RSPA also is announcing a public meeting to solicit comments on issues identified in this docket.

    View/Print public comments submitted under Docket No. RSPA-97-2718.

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  13. HM-224A; TITLE:"Prohibition of Oxidizers Aboard Aircraft"; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM); Published 12/30/96; 61 FR 68955

    SUMMARY: RSPA proposes to amend the Hazardous Material Regulations to prohibit the carriage of oxidizers, including compressed oxygen, in passenger carrying aircraft and in Class D compartments on cargo aircraft. This proposal specifically analyzes the prohibition of oxidizers in Class D cargo compartments. RSPA plans to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking further analyzing the prohibition on the carriage of oxidizers aboard passenger carrying aircraft in Class B and C cargo compartments. RSPA is also proposing to add a shipping description to the Hazardous Materials Table for chemical oxygen generators and to require approval of a chemical oxygen generator that is transported with its means of initiation attached. These requirements would apply to foreign and domestic aircraft entering, leaving, or operating within the United States. The purpose of these proposals is to enhance air transportation safety.

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Other Miscellaneous Notices:

  1. Notice 98-10; TITLE:"Information Collection Activities; Notice and request for comments; Published 11/25/98; 63 FR 65277
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    SUMMARY:In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, RSPA invites comments on certain information collections pertaining to hazardous materials transportation for which RSPA intends to request renewal from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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  2. RSPA-97-2718 (HM-225A) ; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Safety Standards for Preventing and Mitigating Unintentional Releases During the Unloading of Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service Notice of Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Meetings; Published 11/04/98; 63 FR 59505

    SUMMARY:On August 20, 1998, RSPA published in the Federal Register a document announcing dates and locations for its negotiated rulemaking advisory committee meetings. However, in the document, RSPA did not announce the locations for the December 1-2 meeting and the January 6-7 meeting. The purpose of this document is to announce the location of these meetings. This document is in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of these meetings is to negotiate recommendations for alternative safety standards for preventing and mitigating unintentional releases of hazardous materials during the unloading of cargo tank motor vehicles in liquefied compressed gas service. The public is invited to attend; an opportunity for members of the public to make oral presentations will be provided if time permits.

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  3. Notice No. 98-9 ; TITLE:"Educational Session on Bulk Packagings for Hazardous Materials; Notice of Public Meetings; Published 10/02/98; 63 FR 53124

    SUMMARY:RSPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) applicable to the transportation of hazardous materials in certain bulk packagings, including DOT specification IM 101 and IM 102 portable tanks, intermediate bulk containers meeting UN performance standards, and DOT exemption bulk containers. All interested persons, including manufacturers, requalifiers, owners and users of these bulk packagings are encouraged to participate.

    IM Portable Tank Presentation -- This Power Point presentation was given during the public meeting on Tuesday November 17, 1998.

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  4. Notice No. 98-8 ; TITLE:"Revision of the North American Emergency Response Guidebook; Notice of Public Meetings; Request for Comments";Notice of public meetings; request for comments; Published 09/10/98; 63 FR 48544

    SUMMARY:This notice advises interested persons that RSPA will conduct public meetings to discuss the development and publication of the year 2000 North American Emergency Response Guidebook (NAERG2000). NAERG2000 will supersede the 1996 North American Emergency Response Guidebook (NAERG96). The development of NAERG2000 is a joint effort involving the transportation agencies of the United States, Canada and Mexico. This notice solicits comments on the development of NAERG2000, particularly from those who have experience using NAERG96 during hazardous materials incidents.

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  5. Notice 98-7; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders";Safety Advisory; Published 07/30/98; 63 FR 40786

    SUMMARY:This is to notify the public that RSPA is investigating the unauthorized marking of high-pressure compressed gas cylinders. On March 12, 1998, RSPA inspectors conducted a compliance inspection at City Fire Equipment Company, Inc. (CFECI), 518 34th Street, Gulfport, Mississippi. During the inspection it was determined that CFECI had improperly retested a number of cylinders. The President of CFECI told inspectors that his company had not done any type of cylinder retesting since January 1998. Subsequent inspections of CFECI's customers indicate that CFECI has charged some of its customers for cylinder retesting and has marked cylinders as having been properly retested in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) after January 1998.

    Failure to properly conduct a hydrostatic retest can result in cylinders that should be condemned being returned to service. Serious personal injury, death, and property damage could result from rupture of a cylinder. Cylinders that have not been retested in accordance with the HMR may not be charged or filled with a hazardous material.

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  6. Docket No. RSPA-97-2718 (HM-225A); TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Safety Standards for Preventing and Mitigating Unintentional Releases During the Unloading of Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service"; Notice of establishment of advisory committee for negotiated rulemaking and notice of first meeting; 07/16/98; 63 FR 38455

    SUMMARY:RSPA announces the establishment of an advisory committee to develop recommendations for alternative safety standards for preventing and mitigating unintentional releases of hazardous materials during the unloading of cargo tank motor vehicles in liquefied compressed gas service. The Committee will develop and adopt its recommendations through negotiation. The Committee is composed of persons who represent the interests affected by the proposed rule, such as businesses that transport and deliver propane, anhydrous ammonia, and other liquefied compressed gases; manufacturers of DOT specification MC 330 and MC 331 cargo tank motor vehicles used to transport liquefied compressed gases; state and local public safety and emergency response agencies; and the federal Department of Transportation. This notice also announces the time and place of the first advisory committee meeting. The public is invited to attend; an opportunity for members of the public to make oral presentations will be provided if time permits.

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  7. Notice 98-6; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Formal Interpretation of Regulations";Formal interpretation of regulations; Published 06/04/98; 63 FR 30411

    SUMMARY:This document publishes a formal interpretation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) concerning the responsibilities of a carrier when accepting hazardous materials for transportation in commerce. This interpretation is being published in order to facilitate better public understanding and awareness of the HMR.

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  8. Docket No. RSPA-97-2718 (HM-225) ; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Safety Standards for Preventing and Mitigating Unintentional Releases During the Unloading of Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service";Notice of intent to establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee and announcement of public meeting; Published 06/04/98; 63 FR 30572

    SUMMARY:RSPA proposes to establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to develop recommendations for alternative safety standards for preventing and mitigating unintentional releases of hazardous materials during the unloading of cargo tank motor vehicles in liquefied compressed gas service. The Committee will develop and adopt its recommendations through a process of negotiation. The Committee will consist of persons who represent the interests affected by the proposed rule, such as businesses that transport and deliver propane, anhydrous ammonia, and other liquefied compressed gases; manufacturers of DOT specification MC 330 and MC 331 cargo tank motor vehicles used to transport liquefied compressed gases; federal safety regulatory agencies; and state and local public safety and emergency response agencies. The purpose of this Notice is to invite interested parties to submit comments on the issues to be discussed and the interests and organizations to be considered for representation on the Committee. Also, RSPA is announcing an organizational meeting to be held in Washington, DC on June 23-24, 1998, to discuss Committee membership, ground rules, and procedural matters..

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  9. Docket No. RSPA-98-3599 ; TITLE:"Application by National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. for a Preemption Determination as to New York Department of Environmental Conservation Requirements on Gasoline Transport Vehicles"; Public Notice and Invitation to Comment; Published 06/02/98; 63 FR 30032

    SUMMARY: Interested parties are invited to submit comments on an application by the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) for an administrative determination whether Federal hazardous material transportation law preempts certain requirements of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation applicable to gasoline transport vehicles.

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  10. Notice 98-5; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials Ticketing Program"; Notification continuing the ticketing program; Published 06/01/98; 63 FR 29668

    SUMMARY: On May 15, 1996, RSPA initiated a pilot program for issuing tickets for certain hazardous materials transportation violations. The goal of the program has been to streamline administrative procedures, cut costs, and reduce regulatory burdens on persons subject to Federal hazardous materials transportation law. Tickets have been issued for violations that had little or no direct impact on safety. Penalties have been substantially reduced for persons who paid the amounts assessed in the tickets.

    This program is consistent with the recommendation in the National Performance Review to streamline the enforcement process by implementing pilot programs to offer greater flexibility in enforcement methods. RSPA's ticketing program has successfully cut costs, simplified the processing of violations, and achieved compliance through more efficient and effective processes. RSPA has decided to make ticketing a permanent part of its compliance program.

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  11. Notice 98-2; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials in Intrastate Commerce: Public Meetings Related to Implementation and Compliance"; Notice of Public Meeting; Published 02/12/98; 63 FR 7192

    SUMMARY: This notice announces a series of four public meetings to provide information and accept questions regarding regulations issued under Docket HM-200, ``Hazardous Materials in Intrastate Transportation,'' published in the Federal Register on January 8, 1997 (62 FR 1208). The regulations require that most intrastate shippers and carriers comply with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and provide a number of exceptions to reduce regulatory burdens. The meetings are intended to assist in understanding and complying with the new requirements.

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  12. Notice 98-1; TITLE:"Supplemental Emergency Preparedness Grant Program"; Published 02/09/98; 63 FR 6607

    SUMMARY: RSPA is providing notice of the availability of grant funds in the amount of $250,000 and soliciting applications from national nonprofit employee organizations engaged solely in fighting fires to train instructors to conduct hazardous materials response training programs. RSPA also seeks comments on the provisions contained in this notice in order to improve operation of the program. Grant application packages, reflecting comments made, will be available on April 1, 1998.

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  13. Notice 97-14; TITLE:"Notice of Information Collection Approval."; Published 11/25/97; 62 FR 62801

    SUMMARY: This notice announces OMB approval of information collection request for OMB No. 2137-0595, entitled Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service. This information collection has been extended until March 31, 1999.

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  14. Notice 97-12; TITLE:"Notice and request for comments"; Published 11/19/97; 62 FR 61859

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, RSPA invites comments on certain information collections pertaining to hazardous materials transportation for which RSPA intends to request renewal from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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  15. Notice 97-13; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Cans Used to Package and Transport HC-12a, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas"; Published 11/12/97; 62 FR 60746

    SUMMARY: This is to notify the public that cans labeled as DOT-2Q containing HC-12a, a liquefied petroleum gas, packaged and distributed by OZ Technology, Inc. (OZ), Rathdrum, Idaho are unauthorized for the packaging and transportation of HC-12a, and that tests on these cans show that they may fail at ambient temperatures normally encountered in transportation. Failure of cans containing a liquefied petroleum gas could result in serious personal injury, death, and property damage.

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  16. Notice 97-11; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Published 10/16/97; 62 FR 53873

    SUMMARY: This is to notify the public that RSPA is investigating the unauthorized marking of high-pressure compressed gas cylinders. On August 14 and 15, 1997, RSPA inspectors conducted a compliance inspection at Columbia Fire Protection Company (CFP), 3811 Contractors Place, Memphis, Tennessee. During the inspection it was determined that CFP was not registered or approved by DOT as a cylinder retester and was incapable of performing hydrostatic tests in accordance with the requirements of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). Subsequent inspection of CFP's customers revealed numerous cylinders marked by CFP with unauthorized Retester Identification Numbers and certified by CFP as retested in accordance with the HMR. Failure to properly conduct a hydrostatic retest can result in cylinders that should be condemned being returned to service. The HMR requires that properly tested cylinders exceeding the allowable 10 percent permanent expansion be condemned and removed from service (49 CFR 173.34(e)(6)(i)(D)). Serious personal injury, death, and property damage could result from rupture of a cylinder. Cylinders that have not been retested in accordance with the HMR may not be charged or filled with a hazardous material.

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  17. Notice 97-10; TITLE:"Notice of Information Collection Approval"; Published 09/25/97; 62 FR 50430

    SUMMARY: This notice announces OMB approval of information collection requests (ICRs), for OMB No. 2137-0014, entitled Cargo Tank Specification Requirements, OMB No. 2137-0051, entitled Rulemaking, Exemption and Preemption Requirements, and OMB No. 2137-0059, entitled Requirements for Rail Tank Car Tanks, Transportation of Hazardous Materials by Rail. These information collections have been extended until September 30, 2000.

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  18. Notice No. 97-9; TITLE:"Notice of Information Collection Approval; Expiration Date February 28, 1998; Published 09/09/97; 62 FR 47529

    SUMMARY: This notice announces OMB approval of a request for extension of approval of an information collection, OMB No. 2137-0595, entitled ``Hazardous Materials: Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service''. The information collection has been extended until February 28, 1998.

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  19. Notice No. 97-6; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Certified IM 101 and IM 102 Steel Portable Tanks With Bottom Outlets Without Internal Discharge Valves or Shear Sections; Safety advisory notice; correction; Published 08/01/97; 62 FR 41481

    SUMMARY: RSPA published a safety advisory notice in the Federal Register (62 FR 37638) under notice 97-6 on July 14, 1997. The words ``capable of being closed from a location'' were inadvertently omitted in the advisory notice for material quoted from 49 CFR 173.32c(g)(2). This document corrects this error and, for the convenience of readers, reprints the text of the July 14, 1997 notice in its entirety, as follows:

    This is to notify owners and users of DOT specification IM 101 and IM 102 portable tanks with filling or discharge connections below the normal liquid level that these tanks may be used for shipping hazardous materials only if they have internal discharge valves and shear sections. Internal discharge valves and shear sections are safety devices required on the bottom-outlets of IM portable tanks in hazardous material service to prevent significant release of lading when damage is sustained at the filling/discharge connection. Without those safety features, damage to a bottom outlet is far more likely to result in loss of a tank's entire lading.

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  20. Notice No. 97-2133; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials: Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service; Clarification; Published 04/04/97; 62 FR 16107

    SUMMARY: This action clarifies the size and location of a marking provision required by an interim final rule published in the Federal Register on February 19, 1997. This clarification is in response to inquiries received by RSPA. Additionally, in response to a request from the National Propane Gas Association RSPA announces a change of date for a public workshop originally scheduled for April 8-9, 1997.

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  21. Notice No. 97-3; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders; Safety advisory notice; Published 05/07/97; 62 FR 24548

    SUMMARY: This is to notify the public that RSPA is investigating the unauthorized marking of high-pressure compressed gas cylinders. On May 21, 1996, a RSPA inspector conducted a compliance inspection at American Oxygen Company, 609 East 2nd Street, Roswell, New Mexico. Numerous compressed gas cylinders were observed, and it was discovered that significant numbers were marked with an expired Retester Identification Number (RIN). Based on that RIN marking and the inspector's observations, RSPA believes that many of these cylinders may not have been retested in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR parts 171-180) (HMR).

    Failure to properly conduct a hydrostatic retest can result in cylinders which otherwise should be condemned being returned to service. The HMR require that properly tested cylinders which exceed the allowable 10 percent permanent expansion must be condemned and removed from service (49 CFR 173.34(e)(6)(I)(D)). Serious personal injury, death, and property damage could result from the rupture of a cylinder. Cylinders which have not been retested in accordance with the HMR may not be charged or filled with a hazardous material.

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  22. Notice No. 97-2; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking and Modification of Compressed Gas Cylinders; Safety Advisory Notice; Published 04/22/97; 62 FR 19651

    SUMMARY: This is to notify the public that RSPA is investigating the unauthorized marking and modification of high-pressure compressed gas cylinders. On March 27, 1997, RSPA inspectors entered the premises of Browns Welding Supply. They observed numerous compressed gas cylinders and found a significant number marked with an expired Retester Identification Number (RIN) or unauthorized RIN. Based on those RIN markings and the inspectors' observations, RSPA believes that many of these cylinders may not have been retested in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180)(HMR). Furthermore, the inspectors observed many cylinders that exhibited evidence of improper grinding. Unauthorized grinding can have a significant effect on a cylinder's minimum wall thickness, and therefore, its structural integrity. Unauthorized grinding can remove required markings and can be used to mask a cylinder's overall condition. Serious personal injury, death, and property damage could result from the rupture of a cylinder. Cylinders which have not been retested in accordance with the HMR may not be charged or filled with a hazardous material.

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  23. Notice No. 97-1; TITLE:"Hazardous Materials Transportation; Registration and Fee Assessment Program; Notice of filing requirements; Published 03/26/97; 62 FR 14502

    SUMMARY: The Hazardous Materials Registration Program will enter registration year 1997-98 on July 1, 1997. Persons who transport or offer for transportation certain hazardous materials are required to annually file a registration statement and pay a fee to the Department of Transportation. Persons who registered for the 1996-97 registration year will be mailed a registration statement form and informational brochure in May.

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  24. Notice No. 96-24; TITLE:"Advisory Guidance; Transportation of Hazardous Materials in MC 330 and MC 331 Cargo Tanks; Advisory Guidance; Published 12/13/96; 61 FR 65480

    SUMMARY: Recently, RSPA was advised by the Federal Highway Administration of a hazardous materials incident which occurred in North Carolina on September 8, 1996. Preliminary information suggests there may be a problem in the unloading configuration of a number of MC 330 and MC 331 cargo tank motor vehicles used to transport liquefied petroleum gas. The problem may result in a failure of a cargo tank's excess flow feature within its emergency discharge control system to function when a transfer hose or piping fails. Persons involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, maintenance, or transportation of hazardous materials in MC 330 and MC 331 cargo tank motor vehicles are reminded that these tanks and their components must conform to the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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  25. Notice No. 96-25; TITLE:"Advisory Guidance; Transportation of Air Carrier Company Materials COMAT) by Aircraft; Advisory Guidance; Published 12/13/96; 61 FR 65479

    SUMMARY: This document provides advisory guidance as to the extent and application of exceptions from the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to the transportation of an air carrier's company materials.

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  26. Notice No. 96-10; TITLE:"Advisory Guidance; Offering, Accepting, and Transporting Hazardous Materials; Advisory Guidance; Published 06/14/96; 61 FR 30443

    SUMMARY:Preliminary findings in the investigation of a recent passenger aircraft accident in Florida indicate a possibility that hazardous materials carried as cargo aboard the aircraft may have caused or contributed to the severity of the accident. This is advisory guidance to remind persons involved in the transportation of hazardous materials of their responsibilities to ensure that hazardous materials are properly identified, packaged, authorized for transportation, handled, loaded, and transported in conformance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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