Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration October 2, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Enforcement Authority Procedures
Document Number: E8-23248
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is proposing to issue rules implementing certain inspection, investigation, and enforcement authority conferred on the Secretary of Transportation by the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005. The proposed rules would establish procedures for: (1) The inspection and opening of packages to identify undeclared or non-compliant shipments; (2) the temporary detention and inspection of suspicious packages; and (3) the issuance of emergency orders (restrictions, prohibitions, recalls, and out-of-service orders) to address unsafe conditions or practices posing an imminent hazard. These new inspection and enforcement procedures will enhance DOT's ability to respond immediately and effectively to conditions or practices that pose serious threats to life, property, or the environment.