July 15, 2014: (NPRM) (HM233D) Hazardous Materials: Requirement for the Safe Transportation of Bulk Explosives

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations by establishing standards for the safe transportation of bulk explosives in response to two petitions that have been submitted by industry representatives. The first petition, P-1557, focused on the continued use of renewal applications while the second petition, P-1583, focused on the incorporation of an industry standard publication. Under the proposed rule, the requirements would mirror the majority of provisions contained in nine special permits that are either widely used or long standing and have established safety records.
The goal of these revisions are to eliminate the need for future renewal requests while still maintaining an appropriate level of safety. The requirements would authorize the transportation of specific explosives, ammonium nitrates, ammonium nitrate emulsions and other hazardous materials in bulk packagings that are not otherwise authorized under the regulations.
Comments about this proposed ruling must be submitted by September 15, 2014. Please see the official notice for further instructions on submitting your comments