Governing Law and Regulations
Regulation of hazardous materials: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 221.033
Notification: MSA 221.0341
Hazmat exemptions and variance: MSA 221.033
Response plans: MSA 115E.045
Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations
Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Minnesota follows the federal requirements for hazardous materials transporters as they apply to motor carriers, with certain exemptions for farmers, fertilizer and agricultural chemical retailers, and cargo tanks. There is also a variance for certain gasoline trucks. Minnesota also has additional notification requirements and a requirement for response plans for certain trucks carrying oil and hazardous substances.
See the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS for more information about the federal requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. Mn/DOT's Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations administers and enforces the registration and permit program for hazardous materials and hazardous waste transporters. DPS issues the commercial driver's licenses and hazardous materials endorsements in Minnesota.
In addition to required federal notifications in the event of a hazardous materials incident, motor carriers in Minnesota must also immediately notify the 24-hour DPS Minnesota Duty Officer and the National Response Center.
In addition to the federally-defined hazardous materials incidents, motor carriers in ...