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|DOT Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)|
|Federal/National - Agencies|
|US Department of Transportation-DOT, All Listings|
As one of nine major agencies of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) provides safety and research programs which strengthen the nation's industrial competitiveness. RSPA was established in 1977 to be the operating administration for those programs that did not fit into the more narrowly defined missions of the existing administrations. Initially RSPA regulated hazardous materials and pipeline safety, and managed programs of systems engineering, emergency transportation, university research, cargo security and facilitation. Since 1977, RSPA has assumed additional responsibilities in the areas of research policy and technology sharing.
RSPA consists of a number of offices, including the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) and the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS). The OHMS develops and issues regulations for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by all modes, excluding bulk transportation by water. The OPS establishes and provides for compliance with standards that assure public safety and environmental protection in the transportation of gas and hazardous liquids by pipeline. Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, OPS established regulations requiring petroleum pipeline operators to prepare and submit spill response plans.
Hazardous Materials/Substances, Pipelines, Transportation
Hazardous Materials, Transportation, Regulation, Gas, Pipelines, Spill Response Plans
|U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)|
|400 Seventh Street SW|
|Washington ||Office of Program & Policy Support ||(202) 366-4831 |
|OHMS||(202) 366-0656 |
|OPS||(202) 366-4595 |
|United States |