Imminent Hazard Law and Legal Definition

According to 49 USCS § 5102 [Title 49. Transportation; Subtitle III. General And Intermodal Programs; Chapter 51. Transportation of Hazardous Material], the term imminent hazard means "the existence of a condition relating to hazardous material that presents a substantial likelihood that death, serious illness, severe personal injury, or a substantial endangerment to health, property, or the environment may occur before the reasonably foreseeable completion date of a formal proceeding begun to lessen the risk of that death, illness, injury, or endangerment."