New PHMSA Final Rule Improves the Safe Transportation of Bulk Explosives

The Federal Register has published a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) final rule that amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations by adopting nine widely-used, longstanding special permits related to the safe transportation of bulk explosives on cargo tank motor vehicles and multipurpose bulk trucks.

This rule will eliminate the need for firms to apply individually for future special permit renewal requests to transport certain classes of bulk hazardous materials. Besides reducing paperwork burdens, this rule also provides regulatory flexibility while maintaining a high level of public safety.

By incorporating these requirements, PHMSA will be echoing the majority of provisions that have established safety records.

These revisions are intended to eliminate the need for future renewal requests, thus reducing paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety.

This final rule preempts state, local and Indian tribe requirements but does not amend any regulation that has substantial direct effects on the states, the relationship between the national government and the states, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of governments.