The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued several
emergency special permits authorizing the shipment of hazardous materials,
including gasoline and diesel fuel, in several states affected by Hurricane
PHMSA issued a special
permit Nov. 7 that allows commercial motor vehicle operators to transport
gasoline and diesel fuel in non-Department of Transportation specification cargo
tankers to areas affected by the Oct. 29 storm.
The special permit allows cargo tankers that have been previously used for
the transportation of other combustible liquids to transport gasoline in and
through the hurricane disaster relief area. The special permit also exempts
gasoline and diesel fuel shipments from shipping paper, marking, placarding, and
security plan requirements, provided that the vehicle is escorted by law
Fuel shipments are covered by the special permit while traveling in and
through Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
PHMSA said in addition to issuing fast tracked emergency special permits in
the wake of the storm, the agency also has staff on the ground to observe
ongoing pipeline recovery and fuel delivery activities in the affected
PHMSA also granted a special
permit to Williams, a company that operates 3 interstate natural gas
pipelines in the United States, to allow the transport of class 3 hazardous
liquids in non-specification metal refueling tanks. Class 3 hazardous liquids
include ethanol and gasoline.
The emergency special permit allows for the hazardous liquid to be discharged
from refueling tanks, provided the tanks are not removed from the vehicles on
which they are transported. The tanks, which must have a capacity of less than
119 gallons to be covered by the special permit, are required to be attended at
all times by a qualified person during loading and unloading operations.
The tanks also must be appropriately labeled and marked in accordance with
federal hazardous materials transport regulations and properly ground to prevent
static electricity during loading and unloading.
Both of the special permits authorizing emergency shipments of gasoline and
other petroleum products are scheduled to expire Nov. 30.
PHMSA also issued a special
permit to Walmart to allow a one-time shipment of various hazardous
materials from damaged retail stores affected by the hurricane. The hazardous
materials will be transported from the damaged Walmart and Sam's Club stores to
a temporary warehouse facility approximately 10 miles away.
The special permit requires the hazardous materials to be packed in their
original undamaged packaging, which will be placed in a fiberboard box during
By Patrick Ambrosio
The special permit authorizing the use of non-specification cargo tank
vehicles to transport gasoline and diesel fuel is available at http://phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/SPA_App/OfferDocuments/SP15752_2012110433.pdf.
The special permit authorizing the use of non-specification metal refueling
tanks is available at http://phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/SPA_App/OfferDocuments/SP15751_2012110209.pdf.