PHMSA issues ruling on combustible liquids

April 8, 2010

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is considering amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations that apply to the transportation of combustible liquids.

According to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (.pdf file) published in the April 5 Federal Register, PHMSA is considering whether to harmonize the domestic regulations for combustible liquids transport with international transportation standards. The agency also is "examining ways to revise, clarify, or relax certain regulatory requirements to facilitate the transportation of these materials, while maintaining an adequate level of safety."

PHMSA is seeking comment on setting the flashpoint for combustible liquids in domestic and international transportation. Comments on the ANPRM must be received by July 6.