The Michigan Public Service
Commission is beefing up the screening process for trucking companies that
want to transport hazardous materials in the state. Although Michigan receives
only about 12 hazmat applications a year, the Detroit News says state regulators
believe new steps are needed to make sure companies and drivers are legitimate
and don't pose a threat.
The commission will now
require hauling firms and their drivers to provide more extensive background
information, including a 10-year employment history for the applicant and
all drivers as well as criminal background checks and inspections of company
The new standards are
being put in place after it was recently discovered that a man whose name
was on the FBI's watch list of individuals sought for questioning in the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks, had a Michigan commercial driver's license authorizing
him to haul hazardous materials.