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PHMSA Final Rule on Revision of Max and Minimum HazMat Civil Penalties

Posted in on Tue, May 21, 2013

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is revising the references in its regulations to the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a
knowing violation of the federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law.  As amended in the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” effective October 1, 2012, the maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $75,000, except that the maximum civil penalty is $175,000 for a violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property. In addition, there is no longer a minimum civil penalty amount, except that the minimum civil penalty amount of $450 applies to a violation relating to training.  The effective date was April 17, 2013.

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