By Jeryl L. Olson, Ilana R. Morady, Patrick D. Joyce, Philip L. Comella, and Craig B. Simonsen

shutterstock_30524071The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) just announced that it has amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 81 Fed. Reg. 18527 (March 31, 2016).

It has done so by adopting its proposed regulatory amendments applicable to the reverse
Continue Reading DOT Publishes Final Rule on “Safe Reverse Logistics” for Retail “Returns” of Hazardous Materials to Distribution Centers

By Jeryl L. Olson and Craig B. Simonsen

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed to modify its hazardous materials regulations as it affects the retail industry by adding a definition for “reverse logistics.” 79 Fed. Reg. 46748 (August 11, 2014).

PHMSA has been working on the proposal since July 2012, when it had requested public comment
Continue Reading Retail Industry Update: DOT’s “Reverse Logistics” Rulemaking to Add Exception for Transportation of Hazardous Materials

By Ilana R. Morady and Eric E. Boyd

Earlier this month in Geneva, the U.N. Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Danger Goods (Subcommittee) convened to consider additions and revisions to the U.N. Model Regulations (Regulations). The Subcommittee approved two noteworthy proposals.

By way of background, the Regulations cover all aspects of the transportation of dangerous goods (known as

Continue Reading U.N. Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Danger Goods Approves Proposals for the Transportation of Small Quantities and Lithium Batteries