FMCSA calls for removal of 300 hazmat cargo tanks

| Wednesday, December 19, 2001

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Dec. 17 it is prohibiting the use of more than 300 cargo tanks equipped with rear-end protection devices that do not comply with specifications in the federal hazardous materials regulations. The notice is in the Dec. 12 Federal Register.

The rear-end protection devices were designed and certified by Chemical Transportation Equipment Consultants (CTEC), Lubbock, TX. The certified designs were sold to Bulk Truck and Transport in Hanover, IN, and Eagle Fabrication and Repair of Oak Harbor, OH. The companies then used the designs to manufacture rear-end protection devices and install them on cargo tanks.

The tanks primarily transport anhydrous ammonia, propane and other compressed gases. Failure of the protection devices in a rear impact collision may cause the cargo tanks to leak, which could result in serious injury, death and property damage.

FMCSA is notifying the owners of these tanks that they are no longer authorized to transport hazmat in the tanks unless they are modified to meet federal safety standards. FMCSA also is requesting documentation from the owners of these tanks showing that modifications have brought these cargo tanks into compliance or that the tanks have been removed from hazmat service.

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