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DOT Alters Procedure for NORA Members’ Solvent Drum Testing Exemption

Tuesday, April 24, 2012  
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DOT Alters Procedure for NORA Members' Solvent Drum Testing Exemption
NORA members interested in maintaining exemption should contact NORA by May 18, 2012

Haymarket, Virginia (April 24) – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently altered the procedure for NORA members to receive a special exemption (called an Approval) from its HAZMAT regulations.

The Approval, which NORA first obtained for its members in 1996, allowed drums of solvents (up to 30 gallons) to be shipped without being subject to a "leakproofness test” – provided certain conditions were met. At NORA’s request, DOT has periodically renewed this Approval, which was available to all NORA members in good standing. DOT now intends to apply more scrutiny to the Approval process.

Instead of providing a blanket exemption, DOT would like NORA to put forward the names and contact information of the companies that genuinely have an interest in this Approval. DOT will then conduct a "fitness review” that includes, for example, an assessment of a company’s record of accidents and enforcement actions involving hazardous materials. NORA’s DOT contact expects most companies will pass the fitness review with no problem and the Approval, specific to each company, will be promptly issued by DOT.

Companies interested in maintaining this Approval should send their company’s contact information to NORA Executive Director Scott D. Parker at or 703-753-4277 by Friday, May 18, 2012. NORA will compile a list of member companies interested in maintaining their exempt status and forward it to DOT.

About NORA

NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers represents over 275 leading companies involved in responsibly recycling used oil and related materials that would otherwise negatively impact the environment. NORA members work every day to ensure that more than a billion gallons per year of used oil and related materials are collected, recycled and given another useful life. NORA has been defending and promoting the industry since 1985. For more information on NORA, visit

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