Beginning Sept. 30, the Research and Special Programs Administration
will increase the maximum civil penalty from $27,500 to $32,500 for a knowing
violation of federal hazmat laws and regulations.
The minimum penalty has been increased from $250 to $275.
RSPA says it will also go back six calendar years instead of five for
prior violations in determining the amount of a penalty.
The agency published a list of revised assessments for frequently cited
violations. These include:
to register for offering or carrying hazardous materials, $1,000
plus $500 each
additional registration fee;
to provide initial training to hazmat employees, $250-$700 and
up, depending on
the number of employees;
provide in-depth security training when a security plan is required, $2,500;
and maintain training records, $500-$800 and up;
develop a security plan, $6,000 and up;
security plan in writing, $2,000 and up;
a hazardous material for transportation without shipping papers,
or placards, $15,000 and up;
properly placard a freight container or vehicle containing hazardous materials,
to give immediate notification of a reportable hazardous materials
to file a
written hazmat incident report within 30 days following an unintentional
release in transportation, $500-$2,500;
shipping papers as required by regulation, $1,000;
hazmat packages that haven’t been secured against movement, $3,000; and
properly segregate hazardous materials, $7,500 and up.