US DOT PHMSA announced actions to grant or deny hazmat Special Permits in the Federal Register on May 27.
The Special Permit (SP) program allows hazmat shippers, carriers, and packaging manufacturers to innovate new or alternate methods for shipping hazardous materials. The SP mechanism is easier to use and more expeditious than the standard rulemaking process.
See the announcements in the May 27 Federal Register:
Notice of Actions on Special Permits
Notice of Applications for New Special Permits
Notice of Applications to Modify Special Permits
Federal hazardous materials transportation law requires DOT notify the public about its decisions concerning special permits (49 USC 5117(b)).
Among the applications that DOT granted, five were requests to modify special permits already in place. PHMSA also granted two permit requests from railroad operators to allow use of electronic shipper paper information for hazardous materials rail shipments.
DOT Rules for Hazmat Special Permits
Special permit application requirements and required content are found at 49 CFR 107.105. The application must be submitted at least 120 days prior to the requested effective date with any attached supporting documentation by mail, fax, e-mail, or online on PHMSA’s website.
To have a special permit approved, the petitioner must show that their proposed alternative is at least as protective as the regulations. Once granted, the SP document, rather than the regulations, will specify the conditions and actions required for compliance for that specific function.
Typical hazmat special permit applications are requests to:
- Modify or expand the scope of an existing special permit;
- Authorize the use of alternative packaging or packaging orientation; or
- Allow for hazmat to be shipped/transported in otherwise prohibited ways.
Read more: Join the Hazmat Special Permit Party
The DOT/PHMSA maintains a useful hazmat special permit search tool that allows stakeholders to search by special permit number, state, or company name.
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