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DOT Stepping Up On Illegal Hazmat Shipments

October 7th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is cracking down on illegal shipments of hazardous cargo that officials say could lead to accidents, or be used by terrorists. More than 1.5 billion tons of hazardous cargos are shipped nationwide each year by air, rail, sea and land. These include flammable liquids, pressurized gases, explosives, poisons and radioactive material. The government crackdown will target shippers who hide dangerous materials in otherwise safe cargo, obtain fraudulent licenses to carry hazardous materials, or violate a variety of safe transportation practices. Shipping these materials illegally heightens the dangers posed by an accident; particularly since firefighters and other first responders would be unaware of the substances presence.

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