Haz-Mat Transportation Being Regulated in Boston

Issue 3 and Volume 135.

Haz-Mat Transportation Being Regulated in Boston features JOHN R. CASHMAN The transportation of certain hazardous materials through the streets of Boston is being regulated by the fire department. Because of a high level of interest in this type of local regulation, and because of various challenges from the trucking associations and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Boston has become a focal point of attention. Boston’s regulation prohibits the movement of dangerous chemicals through the city when there is neither a point of origin nor delivery point within the city. Also restricted is weekday use of city streets in the downtown between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. The regulations apply to bulk transportation of large quantities of LNG, LPG, liquefied hydrogen, a number of flammable liquids and solids, and to any quantity of certain explosives, poisonous gases and radioactive materials. Written primarily by the fire department, the regulations were…

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