Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Facility Siting Council
Persons must obtain an “Oregon Radioactive Material Transport” (RAM) permit from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) prior to transport in the State of Oregon of radioactive material that requires a placard on the vehicle according to 49 CFR 172, Subpart F in effect as of the date of this rule.
A carrier shall submit a permit application annually to ODOT MCTD, 3930 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97302. A carrier applying for the first time shall submit the application at least 30 days prior to transporting any materials specified in section (1).
ODOT may issue a permit on an emergency basis by telephone when the carrier cannot comply with the 30 day requirement of section (2) as a result of conditions beyond the carrier’s control. A carrier acquiring a permit under this section shall provide the information contained in subsections (4)(a) through (d) and (f) of this rule and the name of its insurance company, policy number, minimum levels of coverage and date of policy expiration or verification of self insurance.
In the permit application, the carrier shall include:
The name and address of the carrier;
The telephone numbers of the carrier that will be answered at any time for emergencies and a statement that the carrier has a 24-hour telephone number for contacting all shippers;
A description of the material to be transported, number of shipments and estimated radioactivity per shipment. Precise information is not necessary if unavailable;
A description of the route or routes to be taken and approximate schedule. Precise information is not necessary if unavailable;
A description of any violations by the applicant of any local, state or federal regulations within the past two years related to radioactive material transportation. The carrier may satisfy this requirement by submitting copies of the most recent federal or state motor carrier safety or hazardous material audit and inspection reports that include descriptions of those violations, if any;
ODOT Operating Authority Identification Number, U.S. Department of Transportation Number, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Identification Number, when appropriate; and
Proof of insurance including minimum levels of coverage and policy expiration date or verification of self insurance.
ODOT shall issue a regular permit if the applicant’s record of violations of federal and state motor carrier safety and hazardous material requirements indicate that its practices have not and will not create an undue risk to public health, safety, or the environment.
ODOT shall issue a conditional permit, which requires pre trip notification to arrange for inspection, to any carrier who has a “conditional” safety fitness rating pursuant to the authority of Title 49 CFR 385.1 in effect as of the date of this rule.
ODOT shall not issue an Oregon Radioactive Material Transport permit if the carrier has an “unsatisfactory” safety fitness rating pursuant to the authority of Title 49 CFR 385.1 in effect as of the date of this rule.
For all shipments requiring an Oregon Radioactive Material Transport Permit, the carrier shall have a copy of the permit in the vehicle during shipment.
Once issued, permits remain valid for one year from the date of issuance unless revoked or suspended under section (11).
ODOT or the Department of Energy may revoke or suspend permits for failure to comply with the conditions named on the permit or violations of the motor carrier safety requirements or hazardous or radioactive materials requirements.
For reinstatement of a permit revoked or suspended under section (11) of this rule, the carrier shall submit a new application and evidence that the carrier has taken remedial actions to prevent recurrence of the violation(s).
Upon entering the State of Oregon with a shipment made under this permit, the driver must either stop at the nearest Oregon Port of Entry and provide specific shipment information in writing by filling out an “Oregon Radioactive Materials Shipment Report” form or provide the same information in electronic format as described below. The Shipment Report is available at all Oregon Ports-of-Entry at all times, open or closed. Information to be provided includes name of carrier; name of shipper; vehicle license plate number; driver’s name; RAM permit number; commodity description and UN identification number; whether the shipment is Highway Route Control; shipment origin; and shipment destination. Carriers who elect to submit the information electronically in lieu of stopping at an Oregon Port-of-Entry, must submit the form provided on the ODOT website within 48 hours of entering the state.
Failure to fill out an “Oregon Radioactive Materials Shipment Report” or omitting required information may subject the carrier to civil penalties as described in division 29 of this chapter.
With prior approval of the Department, carriers that do not pass through an Oregon Port of Entry must self-report each individual shipment on a monthly basis, directly to the Department.