Nevada lawmaker wants stricter hazmat controls

| 12/17/2003

Just as Nevada adopted new federal hazmat rules as state regulations, a legislator is urging stricter controls on the shipments, The Las Vegas Review Journal reported recently.

"If it is coming in and out of the state, we ought to know where it is," Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, said during a meeting of 12 lawmakers who are members of the Legislative Commission.

Anderson pointed to California, which he said requires GPS systems on its hazmat trucks. According to the newspaper account, the legislator said the lives of the state’s citizens were jeopardized because the Highway Patrol does not track every hazmat shipment.

However, Lt. William Bainter of the Highway Patrol said the patrol had done a good job of inspecting trucks, and that the state did not need to inspect every hazmat truck since some are hauling everyday materials like gasoline and paint, the newspaper reported.