Hazmat Legislation Notice
The Hazardous Materials Advisory Council, of which ISEE is a
member, has issued the following notice:
Transportation Secretary Mineta Proposes Stronger Hazardous
Legislation To Improve Security and Safety
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today sent to
Congress proposed legislation that would strengthen security
and safety in the transportation of the nation's hazardous materials.
"We are proposing tough actions to address the serious
problem of undeclared or hidden shipments of hazardous materials,"
said Secretary Mineta. "We are
also asking for more authority to stop and inspect shipments,
important to both security and safety."
- The Department
of Transportation's (DOT) proposed legislation would:
DOT inspectors' authority to inspect packages in transportation;
those inspectors with authority to stop seriously unsafe transportation;
the maximum civil penalty for hazardous materials violations
from $27,500 to $100,000;
requirements for training persons involved in the transportation
of hazardous materials;
the enforcement authority of DOT's State enforcement partners;
the U.S. Postal Service with civil penalty authority to effectively
enforce its regulations on mail shipments of hazardous materials;
the current overlap of hazardous materials transportation
regulations between DOT and the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, except in certain areas; and
allow participation by states in a coordinated program of
hazardous material carrier registrations and permits.
"There are more than 800,000 shipments of hazardous material
daily in the United States," said Ellen Engleman, administrator
of DOT's Research and Special Programs Administration, which
regulates hazardous material
transportation safety. "What we are proposing today would
strengthen the safety and security of these shipments, while
preserving the mobility vital to our economy."