FRA has the authority to issue one-time movement approvals (OTMAs) for bulk packages that no longer conform to the hazardous materials regulations contained in 49 CFR § 174.50. OTMAs are required for movement of nonconforming tank cars or any other bulk nonconforming packages designed, marked, or otherwise represented for the transportation of hazardous material.
Please see HMG-127 (issued October 7, 2014) for the guidelines to follow when applying for an OTMA.
Prior to requesting an OTMA from FRA, hazardous materials shippers must obtain written approval from the railroad(s) to offer a non-conforming bulk package for transportation under an OTMA. Hazardous materials shippers may use the contact information below to obtain written approval from the appropriate railroad(s). Please do not use these email addresses for any other purposes.
In Canada, the transportation of dangerous goods is regulated by Transport Canada under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations. Transport Canada has requirements for movements in Canada similar to FRA’s requirements for movements in the U.S. Contact Transport Canada at the email address and website below for additional information.