California highway collapse prompts call for hazmat reform

| 5/9/2007

A gasoline tanker truck fire that caused the collapse of part of a major highway interchange in Oakland, CA, has prompted a U.S. Senator to call for stricter hazmat rules.

According to The Associated Press, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, has asked the Department of Homeland Security to come up with tougher standards for hazmat drivers.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said earlier this week that federal tax dollars will pay for most of the estimated $35 million cost of repairing the damaged overpass.