Hazmat Transportation regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Hazmat Transportation: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, 49 USC 5101 to 5127et seq. and regulations at 49 CFR 105 to 180

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act, 49 USC 113 and regulations at 49 CFR 303 to 399

Regulatory Agency

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

U.S. Department of Transportation Overview

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) became operative in April 1967 and consists of several administrations representing the various transportation modes, as well as various offices and boards that implement DOT rules and policies. The Department serves as the focal point in the federal government for the coordinated National Transportation Policy. The DOT is responsible for transportation safety improvements and enforcement, international transportation agreements, and the continuity of transportation services in the public interest. The Department also prepares and proposes all legislation relating to transportation, coordinates transportation issues with other concerned agencies, and provides technical assistance to the states and cities in support of transportation programs and objectives.

Of particular interest to those responsible for complying with federal environmental compliance requirements are DOT's rules that cover all modes of transportation of hazardous materials (which include hazardous waste). Found at 49 CFR 171 to 179, these hazardous materials regulations (HMRs) are ...


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