Michigan tightens hazmat rules

| 10/24/2001

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 facilities.

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.