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ATA FILES COMMENTS WITH PHMSA: RISKS REMAIN IN REVERSE LOGISTICS RULE

On Nov. 10, 2014, ATA filed comments responding to a proposal by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to adopt regulations excepting from the Hazardous Materials Regulations the transportation of certain consumer products from a retailer back to a distributor or manufacturer.



William Downey Testifies on Behalf of ATA on the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act Reauthorization

On April 2, 2014, William Downey of The Kenan Advantage Group outlined ATA’s priorities for reauthorizing the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Act in front of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Mr. Downey’s testimony highlighted ATA’s support for reforming the hazardous materials endorsement, stopping unnecessary wetlines regulation, and requiring States to administer hazardous materials permitting through a consortium.




GAO ISSUES REPORT CRITICIZING PHMSA

On Sept. 11, 2013, GAO released its study of PHMSA’s wetlines regulation. GAO’s report agrees with ATA’s position that the wetlines regulation could not justify its costs. GAO suggests that PHMSA’s data is far too subjective to be useful in underpinning any wetlines rulemaking.



PHMSA ISSUES EMERGENCY RECALL OF PROPANE CYLINDERS BY LITE CYLINDER COMPANY

On May 24, 2013, PHMSA issued an emergency recall order mandating the recall of all cylinders manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company and marked as acceptable for use under Special Permit Numbers SP-14562, SP-13957, SP-13105. Lite Cylinder markets 10, 20, 25, and 33 pound propane cylinders, all of which have been recalled for improper testing and frequent flammable propane gas leaks.


Proposed HazMat Package Opening Rules

On May 22, 2013, the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a proposed rule that would govern the stopping, search, possible opening, and resumption in transportation of hazardous materials.