PHMSA releases 2011 report on hazmat incidents

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has released an online report ranking both the top hazardous materials and transportation processes that were related to serious incidents and fatalities from 2005 to 2009.

The Top Consequence Hazardous Materials Commodities Report is part of a series of steps that will help PHMSA identify areas of concern, target risks for particular types of hazardous materials, and plan how to mitigate future incidents.

The report’s data also will help educate enforcement authorities, inspectors and first responders on trends in the transport of hazmat, which will help them set priorities to better deal with the materials and modes of transportation that could have the most damaging effects.

The report can be accessed at www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/data-stats/incidents.