Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)
Agency that oversees rules governing
the safe transportation and packaging of hazardous materials by all modes of
transportation, excluding bulk transportation by water. RSPA also assists local
and state authorities with training for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) emergencies.
RSPA establishes and maintains pipeline
safety standards, ensuring public safety
and environmental protection from gas and hazardous liquids transported by pipeline.
Research and development play a major role in RSPA's mission. With responsibility
for research policy and technology sharing, the agency partners with national
and international organizations and universities. In addition, RSPA operates
the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
which is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness
of other federal organizations with critical transportation-related functions.