Date: Apr 26, 2020
Keller and Heckman Partner Trent Doyle and associate Taylor Johnson were quoted in the MH&L article, “DOT Grants Hazmat Packaging Testing Relief Up to 90 Days for UN Standards, With Some Notable Exceptions.” The article discusses that, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued notices announcing the relaxing of some of its compliance standards that are part of federal hazardous materials packaging regulations.
In one of the notices, DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) states it is providing temporary relief from certain hazardous materials regulations requirements for persons transporting, sanitizing, and disinfecting materials on a motor vehicle only for the purposes of protecting the health and safety of employees directly supporting the logistical operations of the carrier. Mr. Doyle and Mr. Johnson note that the intent is to extend the relief afforded under the materials of trade (MOT) exception to certain carriers whose activities would not ordinarily meet one of the three principle qualifying criteria specified in the definition of MOT.
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