PHMSA will not extend the effective
date at this time.
Packaging Requirements for
Nitric Acid (49 CFR 173.158)
In response to carrier concerns
regarding fires in transport involving
nitric acid packaged in glass inner
containers, Section 173.158 of the
hazmat regulations now requires
intermediate packaging for glass
inner packaging containing nitric
acid in concentrations of less than 90
percent. Initially, this requirement
was set to take effect on June 5, 2016.
Since adding this intermediate
container requirement, PHMSA
received petitions from industry
stakeholders requesting more time
to deplete existing packaging stock
or design and test new packaging.
In response, PHMSA extended the
compliance date for the new nitric
acid packaging requirements
to Sept. 18.
Corrections to 49 CFR
In addition to the two issues above,
PHMSA also corrected other sections
amended by the June 2 rule-making.
• Corrections to the hazmat table at
After the rule-making, some
hazmat carriers requested additional
time to convert their electronic
systems to comply with the new
requirements, which PHMSA
Announcement of the task force
came on the same day that the
Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled
in favor of a massive dairy farm in
central Wisconsin that was looking
to expand but had been blocked over
Walker, a Republican who faces
re-election in November, said the state
agriculture department will join forces
with the University of Wisconsin
System to create the dairy industry
task force. It is designed to bring
industry experts together to create
solutions to help farmers, processors
and related industries.
“We need to work together to
develop a strategy to maintain our
state’s legacy as the Dairy State,”
Walker said in a statement.
A similar task force focused on
the dairy industry was convened in
1985. It made 75 recommendations
for the industry, which were then
implemented to retain the state’s
recognition as a dairy leader,
Walker’s office said in announcing
the latest effort.
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The new task force will be chaired
by Mark Stephenson, director of Dairy
Policy Analysis at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Stephenson
said he hopes the group will begin
meeting later this summer and gather
information across the state for a year
before issuing its recommendations.
“People don’t think we’re coming
with all the ideas and prescription for
what this task force is going to end
up with,” Stephenson said. “We need
to listen to people and capture their
ideas both about what the problems
are and the potential solutions.”
Better understanding the current
situation, which Stephenson described
as a “relatively seismic shift in the
environment of milk production,”
will help those in the dairy industry
navigate it and better prepare for the
future, even if all the problems can’t
be easily solved.
“This is not a simple or quickly
treated kind of question,” he said,
while noting the importance of the
dairy industry both to the state’s
economy and its identity.
Known as “America’s Dairyland,”
a slogan that’s been on license plates
since 1939, Wisconsin has been home
to the World Dairy Expo for 50 years.
The annual event held in Madison
every fall is considered the largest
dairy cattle show in North America
and also the biggest dairy-focused
trade show in the world.
Wisconsin also honors its dairy
heritage in many ways. The dairy cow
is the state’s official domestic animal,
the official beverage is milk and its
state quarter design features both a
cow and a round of cheese.
“When I stop and think about the
state, what is unique about this state,
it probably is dairy,” Stephenson
said. “There’s no other state that has
as much dairy and dairy resources
as Wisconsin does. I don’t think
that’s a mistake.”
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