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Associate Administrator of Hazardous Materials Safety

William S. Schoonover

William S. Schoonover is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA’s) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety. He provides executive direction and policy for regional operations and special investigations including high-level program planning and administration associated with the mission for the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety.

Mr. Schoonover brings a wealth of transportation experience having worked in several modes. He began his career in 1980 with the United States Coast Guard. In addition to serving on the ground floor of the Coast Guard’s hazardous materials transportation safety oversight program, he worked in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, law enforcement, and as a federal on-scene coordinator’s representative. Mr. Schoonover also served with the Coast Guard Reserve from his active duty departure until retiring in 2003. Mr. Schoonover worked in the transportation industry offering and transporting hazardous materials.

Prior to coming to PHMSA, Bill served with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for more than 20 years. His most recent position was Staff Director of FRA’s Hazardous Materials Division, within the Office of Railroad Safety. As the chief advisor to the agency on railroad hazardous materials safety issues he established rail hazardous materials safety policy and provided guidance to a field inspection staff enforcing the hazardous materials transportation regulations in the rail environment.  He also oversaw the agency’s industrial hygiene program and provided temporarily leadership to the agency’s Motive Power and Equipment program. Bill has been recognized numerous times for his solution-oriented approach to problem solving and his sustainable program development. He holds a B.S. in business management.  

Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017