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DOT Launches New Research and Innovative Technology and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrations

New Research and Hazmat Safety Agencies to Begin Operations Ahead of Schedule. U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced the creation of two new agencies at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – one to focus on innovation and research and the other on pipeline and hazardous materials safety – to help the Department more effectively execute its mission of developing and applying innovative technologies to create the transportation system of the 21st century. The new agencies will begin operating Feb. 20, a week before the deadline set by Congress. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) were authorized on Nov. 30, 2004 when President Bush signed the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act. Full Story

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