Hazardous Material Transportation Safety and Security Field Operational Test Final Detailed Test Plans   [open pdf - 153KB]

"The tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the more recent events of war with Iraq during the Spring of 2003, resulted in a significant heightened level of concern from federal government officials and transportation industry members regarding the secure transport of hazardous materials. These security issues focus on HazMat shipments as potential targets for terrorists. HazMat shipments through intermodal connectors, modes, and facilities are all prospective targets for domestic acts of terrorism, and pose a much greater concern to public safety than most other shipment types. HazMat shipments, especially fuels and chemicals, present an attractive target for terrorists due to the multiple points of vulnerability. These vulnerabilities exist at shipper, motor carrier, and shipment recipient facilities and shipment movement en route throughout the nation's roadway infrastructure. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), working in close cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has proactively addressed public and private sector HazMat security concerns by identifying potential security risks related to HazMat transportation and proposing solutions to minimize those risks. FMCSA embarked on a program to improve HazMat security and safety by using regulatory measures, security assessments, and outreach efforts."

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