• Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Increases Penalties for Hazmat Violations
  • March 10, 2006 | Authors: Margaret Anne Hill; Benjamin G. Stonelake; Jonathan K. Waldron; Jeanne M. Grasso; Charles E. Wagner
  • Law Firms: Blank Rome LLP - Philadelphia Office; Blank Rome LLP - Washington Office
  • On February 17, 2006, the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA") published a final rule revising its regulations to reflect changes in civil and criminal penalties enacted by Congress last summer as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users ("SAFETEA-LU"). Title VII of SAFETEA-LU, the Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005, revised the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of the federal hazardous materials transportation law. The PHMSA rule went into effect on February 17, 2006.