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Dot Proposes Higher Hazardous Materials Penalties!

November 6th, 2001 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta sent to Congress proposed legislation that would strengthen security and safety in the transport of the nation‘s hazardous materials. "We are proposing tough actions to address the serious problem of undeclared shipments of hazardous materials and we are also asking for more authority to stop and inspect shipments." Among the most critical features, the DOT proposed legislation to: strengthen DOT inspectors’ authority to inspect packages in transportation; provide those inspectors with authority to stop seriously unsafe transportation; increase the maximum civil penalty for hazardous materials violations from $27,500 to $100,000; and expand requirements for training persons involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. "With more than 800,000 shipments of hazardous material daily in the United States," Ellen Engleman, Administrator of DOT‘s Research and Special Programs Administration claims that, "What we are proposing would strengthen the safety and security of these shipments, while preserving the mobility vital to our economy."

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