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DOT PROPOSES TO REGULATE CHEMICALS IDENTIFIED AS MARINE POLLUTANTS

DOT PROPOSES TO REGULATE CHEMICALS IDENTIFIED AS MARINE POLLUTANTS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation proposes to amend its hazardous materials regulations to include materials identified as marine pollutants by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
 According to the department's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), the proposed changes are necessary to carry out the provisions of the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. Materials identified as pollutants by the IMO are not transported exclusively in vessels and the proposed regulations would ensure that such materials are properly packaged and labeled when transported in planes, trains and trucks.
 RSPA Administrator Travis P. Dungan said, "This rulemaking will assure that specific chemicals, which are known to cause harm to the aquatic environment, are fully identified and appropriately packaged when transported in commerce."
 Concern for transportation of environmentally hazardous materials was heightened on July 14, 1991, when a tank car containing 19,000 gallons of metam sodium fell into the Sacramento River causing damage to the environment. Metam sodium, a farm pesticide, is included on the marine pollutants list for stricter regulation.
 The notice of proposed rulemaking will be published in the Jan. 31, 1992, issue of the Federal Register. Comments on the proposal must be received by March 2, 1992.
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 /CONTACT: John Stoner of U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-4831/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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