DOT Invites Input on Procedures, Criteria Used for Hazmat Special Permits and Approvals
The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is inviting comments through Oct. 14 on the standard operating procedures and criteria it currently uses to support the administration of its special permits and approvals program for hazardous materials, with the intent of eventually adding these procedures to its regulations. PHMSA notes that the proposed amendments would not change previously established special permit and approval policies. The proposal would also provide clarity regarding what conditions need to be satisfied to promote completeness of the applications submitted. PHMSA states that an application that contains the required information reduces processing delays that result from rejection and further facilitates the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety.