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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE56 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of Certain Cargo Tank Special Permits Into the HMR 
Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the HMR by incorporating provisions contained in certain widely used or longstanding cargo tank special permits that have an established safety record. Special permits allow a company or individual to package or ship a hazardous material in a manner varies from the HMR provided an equivalent level of safety is maintained. The amendments would provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. The six special permits in this rulemaking authorize cargo tank transportation operations not specifically permitted under the HMR. Incorporating these special permits into the HMR eliminates the need for over 10,000 current grantees to reapply for the renewal of six special permits every four years and for PHMSA to process the renewal applications. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 171    49 CFR 172    49 CFR 173    49 CFR 179    49 CFR 180   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 5101 to 5128   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/21/2010  75 FR 42364   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/20/2010    
Final Rule  02/00/2011    
Additional Information: HM-245
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Joan McIntyre
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590