PHMSA issues final rule adding 96 special permits

Agency required by a provision of MAP-21 to carry out rulemaking

Posted January 21, 2016

As required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on January 12, 2016, submitted to the Federal Register a final rule which adopts provisions contained in certain widely-used or long-standing special permits that have an established safety record.

Since 2008, PHMSA has issued eight separate rulemakings and adopted a total of 94 hazardous materials special permits into regulation. This rulemaking adopts an additional 96 special permits. According to PHMSA, special permits set forth alternative requirements — or a variance — to the requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations in a way that achieves a safety level at least equal to that required under the regulations.

PHMSA also says that special permits provide a mechanism for testing new technologies, promoting increased transportation efficiency and productivity, and improving global competitiveness. For more information on the rulemaking, visit the agency's website at:

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