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TSA To Conduct Background Checks On Hazmat Drivers

The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today plans for conducting background checks on commercial truck drivers who transport hazardous materials (HAZMAT), including explosives. The plan requires conducting name-based terrorist focused background checks on all 3.5 million hazmat drivers this year to determine whether any present a potential terrorist threat. Drivers will also undergo an FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check to begin no later than January 31, 2005. TSA developed this plan to protect against the threat posed by terrorists transporting hazmat, and to maximize flexibility for the states so the issuance of hazmat endorsements is not impeded by security requirements. Full Story

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