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December 2011 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Sponsored by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Research Results Digest 2 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM: A STATUS REPORT This is a staff digest of the program and status of the Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. The program is managed by Crawford Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs. Individual contract research projects are managed by William C. Rogers, Senior Program Officer. BACKGROUND (4) Development of correlations be- tween incident risks and conse- The HMCRP is a cooperative research quences to aid in decision-making program sponsored by the Pipeline and models. Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (5) Development of an environmental (PHMSA) and administered by the Trans- hazard assessment system for the portation Research Board. It is an industry- transport of hazardous materials. driven, applied research program that devel- (6) Recommendations for commer- ops near-term, practical solutions to improve cial transportation-incident and the information used in managing risk asso- commodity-flow data collection ciated with the transportation of hazardous and reporting. materials. The program was authorized as (7) Detailed information for conducting a pilot program in the Safe, Accountable, hazardous materials commodity- Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity flow studies. Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (8) National hazardous materials of 2005. The act specified that the program emergency-response capability address nine topics: assessment. (1) Assessment of opportunities to inte- (9) Transportation emergency-response grate and supplement safety and guidelines for hazardous materials. security measures for hazardous Program guidance is provided by a materials transportation. Technical Oversight Panel comprised of (2) Data on predominant traffic and a representative cross section of haz- highway geometric characteristics ardous materials stakeholders appointed in large-truck crashes for use in risk by the Transportation Research Board. analysis. The HMCRP Technical Oversight Panel (3) Recommendations for development meets annually to formulate the research of conditional release probabili- program by identifying the highest priority ties for bulk containers involved in projects and defining funding levels transportation accidents. and expected products. Research problem