April 5, 2016 3:00 PM, EDT

New Chief Counsel Appointed at PHMSA

Teresa Gonsalves was appointed chief counsel at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced April 4.

Gonsalves had been deputy general counsel and senior counsel at the Office of Personnel Management. There, she presented guidance about pending litigation and advice regarding federal personnel management.

Prior to working at OPM, Gonsalves was chief counsel at the Labor Law Division for the U.S. Postal Service. She had been a commercial litigator in private practice in New York City, and served two years as a law clerk to Judge James A. Parker in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

She earned a juris doctor from Harvard Law School and a bachelor of arts from Claremont McKenna College. 

PHMSA on March 31 announced its final rule offering guidance for return of hazardous materials from retailers back to manufacturers, suppliers and distribution facilities. The agency’s hazmat “reverse logistics” rule applies primarily to shippers of hazardous materials and motor carriers involved in those movements. The rule does not apply to rail or vessel transport carriers.