EMA Comments On HAZMAT Registration And Fee Assessment Program
Last Wednesday, EMA submitted comments on the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding potential changes to the hazardous materials registration and fee assessment program.
EMA opposed any fee increase on small business registrants.
The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 authorized PHMSA to collect a total annual authorization ceiling of $46,825,000 to carry out the emergency preparedness grant program for fiscal years 2022 through 2026.
The IIJA increases the current funding authorization by $18,500,00. EMA argued that any resulting fee increases permitted by Congress due to the increased funding authorization should be collected by increased fees for large business registrants and by expansion of the registration program to exempted materials and persons who acquire approvals or special permits.