Concerns with Hazardous Materials Safety in the U.S.: Is PHMSA Performing Its Mission? Hearing Before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, September 10, 2009 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of James Oberstar: "Today we have a hearing in the nature of a continuation of inquiry into the conduct of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency (PHMSA). […] PHMSA's culture appears plagued by a belief the agency should make things as easy as possible for the industry that it should be regulating. I have asked the staff, since the time we regained the majority, to take a special, careful, thorough review of this agency, based on my previous experience that I have already described. The investigation undertaken by our Committee staff, and also by the Inspector General of DOT [Department of Transportation], uncovered a shocking number of failures by the agency to follow Federal law in hazmat regulation, outright neglect in regulating the transportation of hazardous materials. We also heard from numerous employees, those with a real conscience and with a concern for the public interest, that their agency was entirely, as I suspected and have experienced over the years, too cozy with the industry." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John D. Porcari, Lon D. Santis, Calvin L. Scovel, Corrine Brown, James L. Oberstar, Julie L. Heckman, Mike Morrissette, Jeffery L. Dean, JohnV. Currie, John L. Conley, and Ford B. West.
Serial No. 111-57
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