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PHMSA To Harmonize With IAEA

August 28th, 2014 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

US PHMSA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have issued a final rule amending the provisions in the US Hazardous Materials Regulations as they apply to the transport of radioactive materials. The changes are based on the latest amendments in the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (TS-R-1), 2009 edition. As such, they harmonize US requirements with international standards while also providing clarification and corrections to the rules and providing some relief for shippers and carriers. In this final rule, PHMSA is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180) to incorporate changes adopted in the 2009 Edition of the IAEA Safety Standards publication titled "Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2009 Edition, Safety Requirements, No. TS-R-1" (hereinafter referred to as "TS-R-1.")1 Additionally, PHMSA is making other changes to amend or clarify the requirements for transport of radioactive materials. These changes will help ensure that the classification, packaging requirements, and hazard communication requirements for shipments of radioactive materials provide the requisite level of public safety and are consistent with those employed throughout the world. Click here for the entire final rule.

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