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D.C. Council Approves Downtown Hazmat Ban

City lawmakers approved emergency legislation Tuesday that bans train and truck shipments of hazardous materials within about two miles of the U.S. Capitol. The legislation will take effect immediately and remain in place for 90 days if approved by Mayor Anthony A. Williams, who has promised to sign it. The measure would ban certain explosives, as well as poisonous gases such as chlorine. “This is a danger that has been obvious for at least three years, but we remain vulnerable to a terrorist attack,” said District of Columbia Councilwoman Kathy Patterson, who sponsored the bill. Full Story

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