The DOE Tansportation Management Division's Motor Carrier Evaluation Program

by L. B. Blalock, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,
J. H. Portsmouth, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,
L. E. Rice, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


The movement of hazardous materials and wastes over the nation's highways by commercial motor carriers presents a challenge for the purchaser of transportation services. During the next decade the volume of hazardous materials and wastes is expected to increase dramatically. Along with this increase in the shipments of these hazardous materials and wastes comes the responsibility of selecting a motor carrier to transport these materials. The selection of the 'right' motor carrier to transport a generator's hazardous materials and/or waste is a decision that, in today's regulatory environment, can't be left to chance. The legal ramifications and potential liability are such today. that a company should be very selective in deciding who to allow to transport these hazardous commodities. Shippers of hazardous materials must come to the realization that they are responsible for the shipment, long after the truck leaves their plant gates. This paper explains the need for the selection of quality motor carriers to transport hazardous materials and wastes, and, utilizing the U.S. Department of Energy's Motor Carrier Evaluation Program (MCEP) as a case study, discusses factors that should be considered by all shippers of hazardous materials and/or wastes.

Subject Headings: Hazardous substances | Hazardous wastes | Freight transportation | Highway and road management | Waste management | Federal government | Material properties | Recycling

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