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August 2014 – Rules & Regulations, Proposed Rules, and Notices Regarding the Management of Hazardous Waste and the Transportation of Hazardous Materials

August 2014 – Rules & Regulations, Proposed Rules, and Notices Regarding the Management of Hazardous Waste and the Transportation of Hazardous Materials

On its website the US Government Printing Office makes a wealth of Federal publications available for review and download; one of these is the Federal Register.

Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

See below for a brief summary of announcements in the Federal Register by the US EPA on the subject of Hazardous Waste and the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US DOT on the subject of Transportation of Hazardous Materials.

The Federal Register is a great way to look down the road and see potential changes to the regulations long before they are put into effect (sometimes The Rulemaking Process takes years before a final rule is issued, if ever).  Knowledge of these potential changes provides you with several advantages:

  • Additional time to modify your business operations to comply.
  • Awareness of on what topics the regulatory agencies intend to focus their efforts.
  • The ability to register your concerns, complaints, suggestions, etc. in order to modify the proposed rule before a final rule is issued.  It can be done, really!
  • Make changes to your training program to account for changes that become effective before the next training cycle.
  • Alert you to the need to re-train your employees prior to their next scheduled training cycle, if necessary.
  • Keep you abreast of changes to the regulations that affect your business and/or your industry group.

Please note that this is my best effort to identify the relevant announcements in the Federal Register that may be of interest to generators of hazardous waste and shippers of hazardous materials.  I encourage you to review the list of Federal Register publications yourself to ensure regulatory compliance.

August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014

USEPA – US Environmental Protection Agency:
Hazardous Waste Label

`The USEPA regulates the cradle-to-grave management of hazardous waste.

Publications not related to the management of hazardous waste, solid waste, universal waste, or used oil are not included here.

Rules and Regulations:

Oklahoma: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision Pages 51497 – 51500 [FR DOC # 2014-20647] PDF | Text | More

Proposed Rules:

Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Proposed Exclusion.  Pages 49252 – 49260 [FR DOC # 2014-19771] PDF | Text | More

Oklahoma: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions Pages 51520 – 51520 [FR DOC # 2014-20648] PDF | Text | More

Notices:

None

FAA – Federal Aviation Administration:

Publications not related to the transportation of hazardous materials are not included here.

Rules and Regulations:

None

Proposed Rules:

None

Notices:

None

FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
The FMCSA sets the minimum standards for Commercial Driver's Licenses

The FMCSA sets the minimum standards for Commercial Driver’s Licenses

Publications not related to the transportation of hazardous materials are not included here.

Rules and Regulations:

None

Proposed Rules:

None

Notices:

None

FRA – Federal Railroad Administration:

Publications not related to the transportation of hazardous materials are not included here.

Rules and Regulations:

None

Proposed Rules:

None

Notices:

None

HazMat Placards visible on a tanker truck

The PHMSA regulates the transportation of hazardous materials by all modes.

PHMSA – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration:

Publications not related to the transportation of hazardous materials are not included here.

Rules and Regulations:

Hazardous Materials: Transportation of Lithium Batteries.  Pages 46011 – 46040 [FR DOC # 2014-18146] PDF | Text | More

Hazardous Materials: Failure To Pay Civil Penalties Pages 46194 – 46200 [FR DOC # 2014-18617] PDF | Text | More

Proposed Rules:

Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains.  Pages 45015 – 45079 [FR DOC # 2014-17764] PDF | Text | More

Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans for High-Hazard Flammable Trains.  Pages 45079 – 45083 [FR DOC # 2014-17762]   PDF | Text | More

Hazardous Materials: Reverse Logistics (RRR) Pages 46748 – 46758 [FR DOC # 2014-18741] PDF | Text | More

Hazardous Materials: Special Permit and Approvals Standard Operating Procedures and Evaluation Process Pages 47047 – 47063 [FR DOC # 2014-18925] PDF | Text | More

Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR) Pages 50741 – 50834 [FR DOC # 2014-19161] PDF | Text | More

Notices:

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits Pages 50983 – 50983 [FR DOC # 2014-20070] PDF | Text | More

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Special Permit Applications Pages 50984 – 50985 [FR DOC # 2014-20073]                PDF | Text | More

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delayed Special Permit Applications Pages 50985 – 50985 [FR DOC # 2014-20072] PDF | Text | More

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit Pages 50986 – 50986 [FR DOC # 2014-20071]    PDF | Text | More

Information can be helpful but it’s useless if you are not able to make sense of it.  You must be able to determine how any changes to the rules and regulations (final or proposed) will affect your operations, and communicate the necessary information to your personnel.  I can help you to do that.

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Please contact for a free training consultation to determine your regulatory requirements and how training can help you to attain and maintain compliance with the regulations of the US Environmental Protection Agency (and your state) and the PHMSA, FRA, FAA, & FMCSA of the US Department of Transportation.