Regulatory Updates – February 6, 2015

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

PHMSA to Hold Public Meeting on IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material

On February 5, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the agency will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in order to comments on issues or problems concerning requirements in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (referred to as SSR–6). The IAEA is considering revisions to the SSR–6 regulations as part of its periodic two-year review cycle which may lead to a revised 2017 Edition. The meeting will be held at the DOT Headquarters Conference Center, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Attendees are required to pre-register.

FMCSA Plans to Study Impact of Driver Pay on Safety

On February 4, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that the agency plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) entitled, “The Impact of Driver Compensation on Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety,” to assess the current compensation practices of commercial vehicle drivers and the potential influence this may have on safe commercial vehicle operations. Comments are due by March 6, 2015.

PHMSA Proposes Changes to Special Permits

On January 30, 2015, PHMSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely-used or long-standing special permits that have an established safety record. The proposed revisions are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests, thus reducing paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. In developing the NPRM, PHMSA conducted an extensive analysis of all active special permits and, in this rulemaking, those special permits deemed suitable are being proposed for adoption. This action was required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21). Comments are due March 31, 2015.