Anger over HOS rules reportedly linked to poison letter

| Monday, October 27, 2003

The FBI is investigating the source of a letter containing the poison Ricin that was intercepted at an airport postal facility in Greenville, SC, before it reached its destination -- the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

According to press accounts, the letter complained about the agency’s new hours-of-service rules. A note accompanying the letter reportedly warned if FMCSA didn’t abandon the regulation, large quantities of Ricin would be dumped into U.S. drinking water reservoirs.

Ricin is a toxin derived from castor beans that can kill people who inject, ingest or inhale even small amounts of it.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation is working closely with the appropriate agencies involved in the coordinated response to this threat,” Bill Adams, a DOT spokesman, told Land Line. Any and all resources will be dedicated toward the effort, he added.

FBI spokesman Ed Cogswell confirmed the agency is conducting an ongoing investigation in an effort to identify either a company or individual that might be responsible.

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