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PHMSA Launches Electronic Hazmat Shipping Paper Demonstration Project

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) completed a 2-day meeting to solicit input on a demonstration project investigating the use of electronic hazardous materials shipping papers.  The Hazardous Materials-Automated Cargo Communication for Efficient and Safe Shipments (HM-ACCESS) initiative is a study that the agency will undertake beginning next year to identify and eliminate barriers to the use of paperless tracking and hazard communications technologies. The demonstration project will investigate the feasibility of using electronic hazmat shipping papers in various transportation modes and to determine whether there is a better way to push information out to emergency responders.  PHMSA emphasized that there are no current plans to eliminate the requirement for motor carriers to physically possess hazardous materials shipping papers that meet the requirements of 49 CFR Part 172.

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