Announcements from regulatory agencies of the US Government in the Federal Register can have a profound impact on your business. Therefore it’s important for you to continuously monitor Federal Register publications for announcements applicable to your operations. I can help you to do this.
Sometimes an announcement in the Federal Register calls for a more thorough explanation than just what is conveyed by the headline. That is the point of this article. Here I will briefly summarize, and provide access to more information, on a specific Federal Register announcement: Hazardous Materials: Reverse Logistics (RRR).
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), one of many administrations within the US Department of Transportation.
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When was this announced in the Federal Register?
Monday, August 11, 2014
Any other dates I need to know?
Comments must be received by October 10, 2014. But this date was extended to November 10, 2014 in a subsequent Federal Register announcement.
What type of action is this?
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
What regulations may be impacted?
49 CFR Parts 171 and 173
How is the announcement identified?Hazardous Materials: Reverse Logistics (RRR) Pages 46748 – 46758 [FR DOC # 2014-18741] [Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0143 (HM-253)]
I don’t have all day. Can you sum it up for me and I’ll determine if I need to read the whole thing?
PHMSA is proposing to revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle. PHMSA proposes a definition for “reverse logistics” for hazardous materials that are intended to be returned to or between a vendor, distributor, manufacturer, or other person for the purpose of returning for credit, recalling product, replacement, or similar reason (for instance, from a retail or wholesale outlet). PHSMA proposes to establish a new section in the regulations to provide an exception for materials that are transported in a manner that meets the definition of “reverse logistics.” In this exception, PHMSA proposes to clearly identify the hazardous materials authorized, packaging, hazard communication, and training requirements applicable to reverse logistics shipments. In addition to providing a new reverse logistics exception, this rulemaking also proposes to expand an existing exception for reverse logistics shipments of used automobile batteries that are being shipped from a retail facility to a recycling center.
Where can I look for more information?
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