1 October 2003
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Information - Fact Sheets
US Army Corps of Engineers
HTRW CX Regulatory Fact Sheet FY 03 - 03
Title: Hazardous Materials; Security Requirements for
Date: March 25,
Offerors and Transporters of Hazardous Materials
Action Type: Final rule
Cite: 68 FR 14510
Executive Summary: The Research and Special Programs Administration
(RSPA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued this final rule to
enhance the security of hazardous materials (hazmat) transported in commerce.
This rule requires certain shippers and carriers to develop and implement security
plans. In addition, all shippers and carriers of hazardous materials must assure
that their employee training includes a security component.
Impact: This rule requires additional training for all hazmat employees. In
addition, certain shippers and carriers will be required to develop security plans.
USACE POC: Sandi Zebrowski, USACE HTRW CX, or by e-mail.
Full Text Location: Can be found at this location
As a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and subsequent threats
related to biological and other hazardous materials, the RSPA has undertaken a
broad review of government and industry hazardous materials transportation
safety and security programs. In the wrong hands, hazardous materials can pose
a significant security threat. Hazardous materials in transportation are particularly
vulnerable to sabotage or misuse. Security of hazardous materials in the
transportation environment poses unique challenges as compared to security at
fixed facilities. Hazardous materials are frequently transported in substantial
quantities. Such materials are already mobile and are frequently transported in
proximity to large population centers. Further, hazardous materials in
transportation are often clearly identified to ensure safe and appropriate handling
during transportation and to facilitate effective emergency response in the event of
an accidental release. While the HMR provide for a high degree of safety with
respect to avoiding and mitigating unintentional releases of hazardous materials
during transportation, the HMR do not specifically address security threats. On
May 2, 2002 RSPA issued a proposed rulemaking addressing security
requirements. Today, RSPA issued a final rule on this matter.