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