Hazardous material technical assessment, research and development, and analysis program
(a) Risk Reduction.—
(1)Program authorized.—The Secretary of Transportation may develop and implement a hazardous material technical assessment, research and development, and analysis program for the purpose of—
reducing the risks associated with the transportation of hazardous material; and
identifying and evaluating new technologies to facilitate the safe, secure, and efficient transportation of hazardous material.
(2)Coordination.—In developing the program under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—
utilize information gathered from other modal administrations with similar programs;
coordinate with other modal administrations, as appropriate; and
coordinate, as appropriate, with other Federal agencies.
In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall work cooperatively with regulated and other entities, including shippers, carriers, emergency responders, State and local officials, and academic institutions.
(c) Cooperative Research.—
As part of the program established under subsection (a), the Secretary may carry out cooperative research on hazardous materials transport.
The Secretary may enter into an agreement with the National Academies to support research described in paragraph (1).
(3)Research.—Research conducted under this subsection may include activities relating to—
emergency planning and response, including information and programs that can be readily assessed and implemented in local jurisdictions;
risk analysis and perception and data assessment;
commodity flow data, including voluntary collaboration between shippers and first responders for secure data exchange of critical information;
integration of safety and security;
cargo packaging and handling;
hazmat release consequences; and
materials and equipment testing.
(Added Pub. L. 112–141, div. C, title III
, § 33007(a), July 6, 2012
, 126 Stat. 835
; amended Pub. L. 114–94, div. A, title VI
, § 6014, Dec. 4, 2015
, 129 Stat. 1570
A prior section 5118, Pub. L. 103–272, § 1(d), July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 777; Pub. L. 108–426, § 2(c)(2), Nov. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2424, related to employment of additional hazardous material safety inspectors, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 109–59, title VII, § 7115(h), Aug. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1901.
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