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International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meetings

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Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), Department of Transportation.


Notice of public meetings.


This notice is to advise interested persons that RSPA will conduct public meetings in preparation for and to report the results of the 23rd session of the United Nations' Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE) to be held June 30-July 4, 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland.


June 18, 2003, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 3200-3204; July 16, 2003, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 3200-3204.


Both meetings will be held at DOT Headquarters, Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590.

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Mr. Bob Richard, International Standards Coordinator, or Mr. Duane Pfund, Assistant International Standards Coordinator, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590; (202) 366-0656.

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The primary purpose of the first meeting will be to prepare for the 23rd session of the UNSCOE and to discuss draft U.S. positions on UNSCOE proposals. The primary purpose of the second meeting will be to provide a briefing on the outcome of the UNSCOE session and to prepare for the 24th session of the UNSCOE. Topics to be covered during the public meetings include: (1) Harmonization of the Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, (2) Hazards to the aquatic environment, (3) Procedures for incident reporting, (4) Evaluation of the United Nations packaging requirements, (5) Transport of Dangerous Goods in limited quantities and consumer commodities, (6) Miscellaneous proposals related to listing and classification and the use of packagings and tanks. The public is invited to attend without prior notification. Due to the heightened security measures participants are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for security checks necessary to obtain access to the building.


Copies of documents for the UNSCOE meeting and the meeting agenda may be obtained by downloading them from the United Nations Transport Division's Web site at:​trans/​main/​dgdb/​dgsubc/​c32002.html. This site may also be accessed through RSPA's Hazardous Materials Safety Homepage at​intstandards.htm. RSPA's site provides additional information regarding the UNSCOE and related matters such as a summary of decisions taken at the 22nd session of the UNSCOE.

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Frits Wybenga,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.

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[FR Doc. 03-13491 Filed 5-29-03; 8:45 am]