Hazardous Waste Transportation


Washington DC Hazardous Waste Transport Ban»

The Washington DC Council approved a 2005 law prohibiting the transportation of large shipments of extremely hazardous chemicals within a Capitol Exclusion Zone (2.2 miles of U.S. Capitol). With support from industry and the Bush Administration, CSX Transportation (district’s exclusive rail carrier of hazardous materials) challenged the law and the court denied CSX’s petition. It was appealed, so although the law was to go into effect in April 2005, the court issued an administrative stay until judicial proceedings have concluded.

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Businesses Support Transportation Ban
Fifty-three small business owners urged the Council to approve the proposal and prevent toxic accidents.

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Environmental Groups Support Transportation Ban
Greenpeace, an international organization, outlined why District Councilmembers should support the initiative, noting “The vulnerability of shipments of extremely hazardous chemicals through Washington, D.C. represents one of the most serious risks the U.S. faces from domestic terrorist attacks.”

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