The expected reauthoriztion of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) is discussed from the point of view of the trucking industry. Key issues identified by shippers, transporters, and related associations are discussed and include federal preemption of state and local transportation regulations, and the establishment of a national emergency response fund. The need is indicated for a stronger Department of Transportation, clear delineation of federal, state and local regulatory roles, and a streamlined procedure for inconsistency rulings. The DOT should ba able to make regulations more uniform across the nation. To alleviate inconsistency, federal routing guidelines are advocated. To augment strong federal preemption powers, the new HMTA should contain a strealined inconsistency ruling process that would require an administrative ruling prior to court proceedings. The need for a national fund for emergency response is questioned. The need for a needs assessment study of this is noted. The regionalization of emergency response teams is advocated. A public/private sector, joint, mutual aid network covering the city of St. Louis and surrounding Illinois counties is described. The negative public opinion and discriminatory treatment of hazardous waste haulers is discussed, as well as other issues such as reclassifiction of some hazardous materials.

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    Tower-Borner Publishing, Incorporated

    800 Roosevelt Road, Building E, Suite 408
    Glen Ellyn, IL  United States  60137
  • Authors:
    • Roy, K A
  • Publication Date: 1989-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 35-39
  • Serial:
    • Hazmat World
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Tower-Borner Publishing, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0898-5685

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00485157
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1989 12:00AM