DOT ISSUES RULE REQUIRING SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TO REGISTER, PAY FEES
DOT ISSUES RULE REQUIRING SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS OF HAZARDOUS
MATERIALS TO REGISTER, PAY FEES
WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation today issued a final rule requiring certain shippers and carriers of hazardous materials to register and pay fees.
"Every day, 500,000 shipments of hazardous materials travel throughout the country by all modes of transportation. This program will enable us to establish and fund emergency preparedness training and planning grants," Transportation Secretary Andrew H. Card Jr. said.
The rule, required by the Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990, was prepared by DOT's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA). It establishes a national registration program to identify certain hazardous materials shippers and carriers who are involved in intrastate, interstate, or foreign commerce.
The rule calls for an annual fee of $300 to fund and manage a nationwide emergency response training and planning grant program. The program will provide state and local governments and Indian tribes with an enhanced capability to respond to emergencies involving hazardous materials accidents and incidents. A coalition of five federal agencies worked closely with Congress to create the legislation to deal with hazardous materials transportation emergencies.
"The fees collected will be used to provide vital funds and assistance to state and local governments in planning and training programs for hazardous materials emergencies," RSPA's Acting Administrator Douglas Ham said.
The rule was published in today's "Federal Register."
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