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Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019: Hazardous Materials

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:02

1. Predictions and Outlook for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for 2019The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is charged with a vital, if often taken for granted, task: protecting the public from the hazards associated with the transportation in commerce of hazardous materials. While its operations may lack the high profile of some of its federal sister agencies, its mission is, literally, one of life and death.

ADR - Multilateral agreement M318

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 16:17

The Dangerous Goods Division of the Department of Transport for the United Kingdom has circulated Multilateral Agreement M318: Concerning the carriage of gases of Class 2 in refillable pressure receptacles authorized by the United States of America Department of Transportation in relation to 1.1.4.2 amongst ADR Contracting Parties on April 23, 2019.M318 is a multilateral agreement (MLA) seeking a derogation from the provisions of the ADR relating to the transport of gases of class 2 in refillable pressure receptacles authorised by the United States of America Department of Transportation in

Update to Chemical Dashboard Adds Wealth of Chemical and Biological Data and Improves User Interface

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:16

To ensure informed chemical safety decisions can be made about thousands of chemicals, scientists and decision makers need a constantly evolving set of tools for quickly and efficiently evaluating chemicals of interest. EPA scientists have recently released an update to the online Computational Toxicology (CompTox) Chemicals Dashboard to help advance these efforts.

OEHHA Publishes Prop 65 Definition of Nickel (Soluble Compounds)

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 14:11

On May 2, 2019, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published a definition of nickel (soluble compounds) for the purposes of Proposition 65 (Prop 65). Under the notice, nickel (soluble compounds) are defined to be compounds of nickel with solubility in water of greater than 0.1 moles per liter (mol/L) at 20oC.

TC Notice of Consultation on Updated CSA Safety Standards

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:42

Transport Canada (TC) has advised stakeholders that the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released the drafts of the update to safety standards CSA B620, CSA B621 and CSA B622 for a 60-day consultation period. Once the safety standards have been finalized and published, a notice will be issued specifying the coming into force date of the updated standards.Scope of the standards

COSTHA Comments on Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0014 (HM–224I) – Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Safety Provisions for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft (FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018)

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:51

The Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles, Inc. (COSTHA) respectfully submits the comments herewith, regarding the Interim Final Rule (IFR) published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), under Docket No. PHMSA‐2016‐0014 (HM‐224I) in the Federal Register on March 6, 2019. COSTHA would like to suggest PHMSA consider several consequential amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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