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News Digest DOT 122-16

Friday, April 28, 2017

PHMSA Clarifies Policy Removing PG II Designation for Organic Peroxides and Self-Reactive Substances. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a guidance memorandum clarifying the agency’s final rule from June 2, 2016, which removed the packing group (PG) II designation for Organic Peroxides, and Self-Reactive Substances in the Hazardous Materials Table (HMT). The memo explains that, effective July 5, 2016, the PG II designation is no longer required in the shipping description for Organic Peroxides or Self-Reactive Substances. Those with current approvals may request a modification to remove the PG II designation, or they may continue to use their current approval until the posted expiration date. Stocks of preprinted shipping papers and package markings may be used as previously authorized until July 5, 2017. For more information on DOT's efforts to improve hazardous materials safety and awareness, or to access U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations, visit the PHMSA website at for media: Artealia Gilliard (202) 366-4831.

PHMSA Publishes Pipeline Civil Penalty Structure Online. The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced it has made a pipeline civil penalty framework available on its website. A respondent in an enforcement case may request a proposed civil penalty calculation related to that case. PHMSA also announced that it will, as appropriate, issue higher penalties, which serve as a strong deterrence, driving down incident risk. For more information on DOT's efforts to improve pipeline and hazardous materials safety and awareness, including details about PHMSA's pipeline civil penalty framework, visit Contact for media: Artealia Gilliard: (202) 366-4831.