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RELATED TO: Hazardous Materials

Overview & ATA's Position

ATA works to ensure laws and regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials promote the safe and efficient movement of these materials. The transportation of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes should be addressed equally through one, uniform set of federal regulations that preempt potential state and local requirements. Such federal regulations should include the loading, unloading, and storage incidental to transportation of hazardous materials, as well as manage classifying, describing, packaging, marking, labeling, and placarding requirements for hazardous materials movements, and establishing guidelines for reporting HM incidents and for training. Such requirements should incorporate environmental, labor, and security concerns into the HM regulations by working collaboratively with other appropriate federal government agencies.​

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On Nov. 10, 2014, ATA filed comments responding to a proposal by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to adopt regulations excepting from the Hazardous Materials Regulations the transportation of certain consumer products from a retailer back to a distributor or manufacturer.

William Downey Testifies on Behalf of ATA on the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act Reauthorization

On April 2, 2014, William Downey of The Kenan Advantage Group outlined ATA’s priorities for reauthorizing the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Act in front of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Mr. Downey’s testimony highlighted ATA’s support for reforming the hazardous materials endorsement, stopping unnecessary wetlines regulation, and requiring States to administer hazardous materials permitting through a consortium.

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