Navigating the Regulatory Complexities of Hazmat Transportation

For decades, industry has moved along in the background of public life. Companies and regulators have worked behind the scenes to ensure that hazardous—but critical—materials got from point A to point B safe, intact, and on-time to keep our cities and towns moving. However, the specifics of transporting hazardous materials (hazmat) around the country and the world has recently captured public attention.

Incidents like the recent East Palestine train derailment and explosion at a rail yard in Nebraska have put critical questions about the health and safety risks associated with moving hazmat like fireworks, gasoline, argon, and more at top of mind for everyday citizens. Now, they’re looking to regulators and industry leaders for reassurance.

Due to the complex regulatory landscape and even more complex processes involved in actually transporting hazmat, the public and private sectors have yet to reach alignment on practices and protocols to ensure events like those in Nebraska and Ohio are fewer and farther between. That will need to change in the coming months if we are to restore public trust in the institutions that both oversee and execute hazmat transport.

To do it, we’ll need to pursue widespread and bold action to strengthen the bonds between industry and government. John Sanders, Senior Program Manager, ABS Group, talks to HazardEx from Page 26 at: