PHMSA rules to reduce paperwork for hazmat shippers

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Friday, May 14, adopted new rules to reduce paperwork and other regulatory burdens for many shippers of hazardous materials while maintaining high levels of safety.

Under the new rules, several widely used or longstanding special permits that have shown an established safety record will be incorporated into regulations. The revisions will eliminate the need for numerous special permit renewal requests for eligible shippers and carriers.

The effective date for the final rules is Oct. 1.