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Biden’s Made-In-America Executive Order

February 23rd, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

On January 25th, 2021, this Order was issued by the US Department of Transportation: The Department of Transportation is a strong supporter of Buy American and today, we applaud President Biden for taking bold action today to ensure our future is made in America — and by American workers. The crises we face have created […] Read More »

US Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as Head of DOT

February 16th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

The US Senate has confirmed Pete Buttigieg to lead the Department of Transportation (DOT) under the administration of President Joe Biden. Buttigieg, 39, is former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and also ran for president in 2020. He is the youngest person to be confirmed to head the DOT, and the first openly gay member […] Read More »

Working to Understand COVID-19’s Impact on Our Senses

February 9th, 2021 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

One of the telltale symptoms of coronavirus infection is a nightmare for wine lovers: loss of smell and taste; researchers are studying why it happens and if it can be cured. Shawn Zylberberg, writing in the Wine Spectator, reports that: “When Dr. Christian Squillante traveled to South Africa in February 2020, he enjoyed safari rides […] Read More »

PHMSA 2019 Enforcement Activities

January 26th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Each year, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline of Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) publishes a list of the fines that they have given for violation of the Code of Federal Regulations, CFR49. DOT is becoming a very aggressive regulator, and manufacturers and shippers must be sure they are complying with the rules. Recently, DOT […] Read More »

How the DOT sees it!

January 19th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Understanding the perception of the DOT will help a shipper to comply with classification, package selection, and mode of transportation. Here are 4 items from how the DOT sees it: The transportation of hazardous materials exclusively on private property, to which signs, gates and guard stations prevent public access, is not subject to the Hazardous […] Read More »

What Is Type A Radioactive Packaging?

January 18th, 2021 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

According to a study from 2017, radioactive material accounts for a very small proportion of all dangerous material shipped each year. In the United States, the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, radioactive material only accounts for 1% of hazardous or dangerous goods shipped in a year. But even a small amount of radioactive material […] Read More »