Friday, March 12, 2010 by
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA") recently revised 49 CFR Part 172 to modify certain aspects of its hazardous materials security plan. The final rule, which should be of keen interest to those air, rail, vessel, and motor carriers who transport hazmat materials, will go into effect on October 1, 2010 and deregulate certain types and quantities of hazardous materials unlikely to be targeted for criminal or terrorist use. The final rule also clarifies certain PHMSA regulations related to security planning, training, and documentation. Culling less security sensitive hazardous materials from the regulatory list should help reduce carrier costs and paperwork associated with PHMSA compliance.