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NACD Comments on DOT Proposal on Treatment of Combustible Liquids in the Hazardous Materials Regulations

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) filed comments this week in response to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding Combustible Liquids in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).
In the notice, PHMSA presented several specific questions for comments regarding flashpoints, possible expanded exceptions to the hazardous materials regulations, use of shipping names and identification numbers, and the use of a unique combustible liquid marking. NACD’s comments generally support the elements of the proposal that would harmonize the regulations with the international standards and promote uniformity. “Many chemical distributors receive products from overseas suppliers and/or ship products to overseas customers. Harmonization of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international standards addressing combustible liquids would eliminate confusion in the transportation of these products across borders,” wrote NACD Vice President of Government Affairs Jennifer Gibson.

The comments also raise concerns about proposals to create additional exceptions for the transportation of combustible liquids and to provide for special markings for these materials. NACD said that these measures would create additional confusion.

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