In concert with several
federal and military agencies, the nation's railroads issued a 72-hour moratorium
on certain dangerous shipments beginning early Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, one
day before the U.S. military began bombing in Afghanistan.
During this three-day
period, the railroads are not be accepting certain dangerous military goods
and chemicals for shipment, according to a notice issued by the National Industrial
Transportation League. If such shipments were already en route on the railroads,
they were either delivered, or diverted and held in a secured location under
The railroads have taken
this action in concert with the departments of Defense and Transportation,
the intelligence agencies, the Surface Transportation Board, as well as the
Senate and House of Representatives, in response to a national threat.
The Association of American
Railroads advises its members the list of dangerous hazardous materials affected
by the railroads' ban can be found in Bureau of Explosives Tariff #6000-U,
section 172.101 Domestic Table Hazard Class 2.3 and 6.1, Zone A, B, C or D
for PIH or poison gas only. AAR noted that normal sulfuric acid is not included
in the railroad list.
Railroads who have questions
were advised to call AAR's Chuck Dettman at (202) 639-2200 or NITL's Ed Rastatter
at (703) 524-5011.