On March 3, ATA submitted comments opposing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposal to increase the hazardous materials registration fees by 300 percent. The registration fees are used to support the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program, which distributes money to states to support their emergency response training and planning activities. ATA’s comments urge PHMSA to establish a more equitable apportionment of the HMEP program fees by increasing the fees for all participants rather than singling out a subset of registrants who must bear the increased financial burden. ATA asked PHMSA to better publicize and enforce the registration requirements and revisit the decision to exempt farmers that offer or transport placarded hazardous materials from the registration requirements. ATA also asked PHMSA to consider using a portion of the funds collected to benefit carriers by incentivizing states with existing hazardous materials permits to join the Uniform Program and developing a centralized reporting broadcast system that could replace the myriad of state and local incident reporting requirements.
Posted on Sat, March 6, 2010