RSPA Proposes HazMat Manifest Revision
Sep 1, 2001 12:00 PM
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) is requesting comments on a hazardous materials shipping paper regulation proposal. The revision would require paper copies of transportation manifests that are prepared electronically, according to information published Aug 8, 2001, in the Federal Register.
Revisions would parallel changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Comments should be submitted by Oct 4, 2001.
A uniform manifest prepared and transmitted electronically from the generator to the transporter, disposal facility, and monitoring governmental agencies can provide all information necessary to track the shipment, but does not make the nature and hazards of the materials available to emergency responders in case of an accident, according to the RSPA proposal.
The proposal calls for the shipping paper to be either a print-out of the electronic manifest, or a separate shipping paper that meets all of the hazmat requirements. The copy also should indicate that an electronic manifest is being used. The signature of the generator on the electronic manifest, as printed out on a physical copy, will satisfy the signature requirement.
Comments on the proposal should be submitted to RSPA at Dockets Management System, Department of Transportation, Room PL 401, 400 Seventh St SW, Washington DC 20590-0001. This docket number must be listed at the beginning of the comments: RSPA-01-10292 (HM-206E). Submissions and review of other comments can be accessed at http://dms.dot.gov. Click on “Help and Information” to obtain instructions for filing a document electronically.
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