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PHMSA Proposes Update HM208J | Help Center

PHMSA Proposes Update HM208J | Help Center

PHMSA Proposes Update HM208J | Help CenterPHMSA Proposes Update to DOT Hazmat Registration Fees – HM208J

Like everything else, the costs of transporting hazardous substances are also increasing.

Hazardous materials traffic has increased significantly since COVID restrictions ended. This is good for the economy, but it also places a greater burden on responders who respond to hazardous materials incidents. As a result, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed updates to the registration fees applicable to hazmat carriers and haulers, as required by law.

PHMSA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) can be found in a filing in the federal register identified as HM-208J. HM-208J would increase the annual fee for registrants who qualify as a small business or nonprofit from $250 to $375, an increase of $125. For businesses and organizations that do not qualify as a small business or nonprofit, the fee would increase from $2,575 to $3,000, an increase of $425.

Actions such as rate adjustments are necessary to fund PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program at newly authorized levels consistent with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs ActThese programs include:

  • Development of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), an essential resource for American emergency responders;
  • Supporting hazardous materials emergency planning and training activities by states, local governments, and Indian tribes; and
  • Funding for nonprofit organizations that offer train-the-trainer programs and conduct hazardous materials emergency response and worker training programs.

It’s not just about raising prices, though – the NPRM includes solutions that could save the industry money in the long run. First, PHMSA proposes to implement an electronic registration fee payment process through a new portal, eliminating cash or check payments. PHMSA also proposes to revise the requirements to clarify that a registration certificate may be carried in either electronic or paper format for both road and marine carriers of hazardous materials.

What should you do about this?

You may submit formal comments on this matter if they are received by August 22, 2024. (PHMSA may consider later comments, but cannot guarantee that it will do so.) Comments may be submitted through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov., by fax, or by regular mail. Please remember that this is not a final rule; it is only an NPRM. The final rule will be issued after comments and other factors have been considered.

To ask?

ICC the Compliance Center will of course be monitoring PHMSA’s progress through the rulemaking process. If you have any questions, please contact ICC Compliance Center, we can advise you on current and future regulations. Our team of experts is just a phone call away for our clients at 855.734.5469 or email us, we are happy to assist you.

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Sources:

Federal Register, May 24, 2024, https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2024-05-24/pdf/2024-11391.pdf