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Code to hazardous truck, train shipments hidden in plain sight

The names of the dangerous chemicals or gases shipped by train or truck are available online. A government publication allows anyone with an Internet connection to crack a four-digit code found on trains and trucks hauling the materials. The publication offers a shortcut through layers of government that regulate the 800,000 daily hazardous shipments in the United States. Every vehicle carrying a hazardous substance has a diamond-shaped notice on its side containing a four-digit code established by the United Nations. The numbers can be looked up in the Emergency Response Handbook to identify the materials. Full Story

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