Safety hazard

News AASHTO Journal October 17, 2001
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Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta has sent to Congress proposed legislation that aims to strengthen security and safety i

Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta has sent to Congress proposed legislation that aims to strengthen security and safety in hazardous materials transportation.


The move would increase department inspectors' authority to inspect packages in transportation and to stop seriously unsafe transportation, increase the maximum civil penalty for hazardous materials violations from $27,500 to $100,000, expand training for hazardous materials and up the enforcement authority of the department's state enforcement partners.


"We are proposing tough actions to address the serious problem of undeclared or hidden shipments of hazardous materials," said Mineta. "We also are asking for more authority to stop and inspect shipments, important to both security and safety."


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