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Interpretation Response #05-0020 ([DOT Hazardous Materials Division] [William Quade])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: DOT Hazardous Materials Division

Individual Name: William Quade

Location State: DC Country: US

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Response text:


U.S. Department

of Transportation

Research and

Special Programs


Date:      FEB 10, 2005                               Ref. No. 05-0020

Subject:  INFORMATION: Request for Interpretation

From:     Hattie L. Mitchell

Chief, Regulatory Review and Reinvention

Hazardous Materials Safety

To:         William Quade

Chief, Hazardous Materials Division, MC-ECH


This responds to your e-mail message requesting confirmation of the security plan requirements in § 172.800. It is your understanding that a carrier with multiple terminals in a wide array of settings ranging from rural to urban, mountainous to plains, close to densely populated cities to remote locations, must develop a separate security plan for each location.

Your understanding is correct. A key component of a security plan is an assessment of possible transportation security risks for shipments of certain hazardous materials. These risks will vary from location to another. While the carrier may be able to develop some common elements in the security plan that apply to all locations, different locations and circumstances will necessitate different security measures; hence, each location must develop a security plan that addresses the vulnerabilities in that particular location.

I trust this satisfies your request.

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.800 Purpose and applicability