appeals court has prohibited enforcement of the District of Columbia’s ban on
hazardous materials shipments within two miles of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The railway firm
CSX – which runs hazmat freight on tracks only blocks from the Capitol – issued
a statement shortly after the May 3 verdict, saying the ruling “provides necessary
and welcome clarity in the legal dispute between federal and local
The May 3 ruling follows a temporary
ruling by the same court April 20 that put a stop to the District’s ban on the
shipments, which was passed by the City Council and signed into law by Mayor
Anthony A. Williams Feb. 15. The District DOT’s rules were scheduled to go into
effect the same day as the temporary ruling.
The court ruling came in response to an
appeal filed by CSX Railroad Monday, April 18, CSX officials said in a
statement. While the DC ordinance mentions all hazmat shipments, the
controversy has centered on rail shipments moving through CSX’s network.