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DOT Amends Regulations on Maximum Civil Penalties for Hazmat Violations

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a final rule that, effective April 17, revises the references in its regulations to the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of the federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit or approval issued under that law. As amended in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, effective Oct. 1, 2012, the maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation was increased from $55,000 to $75,000, and from $110,000 to $175,000 for a violation that results in death, serious illness or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property. This rule also reflects the removal of the $250 minimum civil penalty and the increase to $450 of the minimum penalty for violations relating to training.

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