PHMSA has issued an announcement stating that due to the fact that additional time is needed in order to conduct a fact finding and legal analysis on requirements for hazardous materials permits for New York City and Pittsburgh it would be unfair to issue a decision within the usual time period of 180 days. As a result, the decision will be delayed an additional 120 days.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) filed the applications for preemptive determination. The NYC application dealt with the rules issued by the NYC Fire Department that require permits in order to transport certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle, transshipments and a fee for the permit. A similar permit was filed in Pittsburgh.