Security Requirements for Motor Carriers Transporting Hazardous Materials
Supplemental advance notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a July 16, 2002 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comments on the feasibility of implementing security enhancement requirements for motor carriers transporting hazardous materials, and the potential costs and benefits of deploying such enhancements. After receiving a request from an industry association to put a procedure in place to protect potentially security-sensitive comments, we are informing commenters of the procedures currently set forth in RSPA's regulations for requesting confidential treatment. Thus, we are removing the sentence in the ANPRM indicating that ``comments that include information that may compromise transportation security will be disqualified as beyond the scope of the rulemaking.'' We will consider all comments received. All comments will be placed in the rulemaking docket unless they, or a portion thereof, are determined to be confidential and thereby protected from disclosure under the law. In this supplement to the ANPRM, we are also extending the comment period for an additional 31 days to November 15, 2002.