U.S. to target hazmat shipments

| 10/1/2003

The government said Sept. 30 it is cracking down on illegal shipments of hazardous cargo that officials say could lead to accidents or be used by terrorists to mount attacks, The Associated Press reported.

More than 1.5 billion tons of hazardous cargo 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.

“There are no shortcuts to safety, and we will give no quarter to those who violate hazmat transportation safety requirements,” Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said.