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New Rules for Hazardous Return Shipments

Excerpt from American Shipper |  By Jon Ross  |  August 12, 2014

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has published a proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that provides an exemption to hazardous material regulations for reverse-logistics shipments by road. 

According to the notice, the new rule would give reverse-logistics shipments “opportunities for reduced compliance costs among hazmat shippers and carriers, without any decrease in safety.” 

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In addition to defining “reverse logistics,” the propose rule would establish hazardous-shipment regulations and training requirements; provide new packaging; establish clear segregation between normal hazardous shipments and returns; and “allow more flexibility for the transportation of lead acid batteries,” according to the proposed rule.

Comments on the proposed rule are due Oct. 10.