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Compliance Guide Update Service October 2015
October 30 Department Of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 80 66817-66821 49 CFR Part 175 Hazardous Materials: Carriage of Battery –Powered Electronic Smoking Devices in Passenger Baggage Interim Final Rule
Summary: PHMSA is issuing an interim final rule to prohibit passengers and crewmembers from carrying battery- powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e- cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems) in checked baggage and prohibit passengers and crewmembers from charging the devices and/or batteries on board the aircraft. These devices may continue to be carried in carry-on baggage. This action is consistent with a similar action taken by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that incorporated this restriction into the 2015–2016 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air by way of an addendum and is necessary to address an immediate safety risk. This interim final rule does not impact the existing rules on the transport of lithium batteries or other portable electronic devices that are transported for personal use in a passenger’s checked or carry-on baggage.
Because the actions taken in this interim final rule address a public safety risk, PHMSA finds that good cause exists to amend the regulations without advance notice and opportunity for public comment. For the reasons described below, public notice is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. PHMSA encourages persons to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments containing relevant information, data, or views. We will consider all comments received on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider late filed comments to the extent practicable. This interim final rule may be amended based on comments received.
Dates: Effective Date: The effective date of these amendments is November 6, 2015.
Comments: Comments must be received by November 30, 2015.
October 19 Environmental Protection Agency
FR 80 63284-63320. Hazardous Waste Export-Import Revisions 40 CFR Parts 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 271 and 273 Proposed Rule.
Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend our existing regulations in regards to the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. EPA is proposing these changes to: Provide greater protection to human health and the environment by making existing export and import related requirements more consistent with the current import-export requirements for shipments between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); enable electronic submittal of all export and import-related documents ( e.g.,
export notices, export annual reports); and enable electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export shipments subject to RCRA export consent requirements prior to exit.
Dates: Comments must be received on or before December 18, 2015.