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Oral Arguments Heard in D.C. Hazmat Rerouting Case

12:54 PM MDT | July 30, 2007 | Kara Sissell

A federal judge heard oral arguments last week in a lawsuit brought by CSX against a District of Columbia (D.C.) ordinance requiring hazmat rail shipments to be rerouted around the greater metropolitan D.C. area when practical alternative routes exist. Oral arguments were the latest in the long legal battle that began in 2003 when Washington D.C. officials enacted a temporary ban on ultra hazardous materials transported within a 2-mile radius of the city, contending that a railcar hauling chlorine or other hazardous chemicals in or near the U.S. Capitol could be...

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