Hazmat renewal waiver goes through 2020

December 2020/January 2021

Mark Schremmer

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The Transportation Security Administration extended an exemption from the renewal of hazardous material endorsements through the end of the year.

TSA published the notice in the Federal Register on Oct. 28. The temporary exemption is in regards to the expiration of TSA security threat assessments for hazmat endorsement holders. For the duration of the exemption, a state may grant an extension for a hazmat endorsement that expired or would have expired from March 1 through Dec. 31.

“TSA has determined it is in the public interest to extend the exemption through Dec. 31, 2020, which aligns with similar waivers issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation,” the notice stated. “TSA may extend this exemption at a future date depending on the status of the COVID-19 crisis.”

TSA first announced the exemption in April. Since then, it has been extended twice. The FMCSA also has extended waivers for expiring commercial driver’s licenses and medical cards through the end of the year.

The hazmat exemption does not compromise security, the TSA said.

“TSA continues to conduct recurrent security threat checks on hazmat endorsement holders and is able to take action to revoke a hazmat endorsement if derogatory information becomes available, regardless of expiration date,” the notice stated. “TSA uses data previously submitted by these individuals to conduct recurrent vetting against terrorism watch lists and databases to ensure that they continue to meet TSA requirements for having a hazmat endorsement.” LL

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Mark Schremmer

Mark Schremmer, senior editor, joined Land Line in 2015. An award-winning journalist and former assistant news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal, he brings fresh ideas, solid reporting skills, and more than two decades of journalism experience to our staff.