printreg, October, 2003
When the NRC Must be Notified of a Haz. Mat Spill

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From: Debra Jacobson (
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 10:41:50

This is information that you should be aware of if you offer hazardous waste or other materials for transport. The transport company is responsible for training their employees of these requirements.
Debra Jacobson


Highway Transportation Spill Reporting

When DOT hazardous materials are spilled during transportation, the carrier is required to report the release. According to 49 CFR 171.15, carriers are to "immediately report" to the National Response Center (NRC) at 800-424-8802 if
* As a direct result of hazardous materials:
* A person is killed
* A person receives injuries requiring hospitalization
* Estimated carrier or other property damage exceeds $50,000
* An evacuation of the general public occurs lasting one or more hours
* One or more major transportation arteries or facilities are closed or shut down for one hour or more
* The operational flight pattern or routine of an aircraft is altered
* Fire, breakage, spillage or suspected radioactive contamination occurs involving a shipment of radioactive material * Fire, breakage, spillage or suspected contamination occurs involving a shipment of infectious substances
* There has been a release of a marine pollutant in a quantity exceeding 199 gallons for liquids or 882 pounds for solids
* A situation exists of such a nature that, in the judgment of the carrier, it should be reported

Infectious substance releases may be reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at 800-267-2675, instead of the NRC.

Carriers are also required to submit a detailed hazardous materials incident report within 30 days upon unintentionally releasing any quantity of hazardous material in transportation. Exceptions to this rule are published in 49 CFR 171.16.

Information to be reported includes:
* Name of reporter,
* Name and address of carrier represented by reporter,
* Phone number where reporter can be contacted
*Date, time, and location of incident,
* The extent of injuries, if any,
* Classification, name, and quantity of hazardous materials involved,
* Type of incident and nature of hazardous material involvement and whether a continuing danger to life exists at the scene

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