Report confirms findings on PHMSA's lack of safety oversight
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has lacked safety oversight on transportation of explosives for a number of years, a new report from the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General concludes.
The management advisory report (.pdf file), released April 8, identified a number of serious problems and significant management weaknesses. Among them:
- Lack of an effective evaluation process for reviewing and authorizing explosive classification approvals according to the Hazardous Materials Regulations
- Ineffective oversight of the four laboratories authorized by PHMSA to examine and test explosives