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Runway Safety

- Government agencies responsible for aviation security, reports the GAO, must address leadership and technology problems to prevent accidents on airport runways.

Mass transit security.

- Two identical bills (H.R. 4008 and S. 1608), introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), respectively, would increase the penalties for terrorism against mass transit systems. Anyone guilty of the crime could be imprisoned for up to 20 years. For aggravated offenses--which would include any that involve high-level radioactive materials or those that result in the death of a person--the punishment could range from a prison term of not less than 30 years to the death penalty.

Rail security

- A bill (S. 2273) introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that would improve security on U.S. railroads has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The bill would authorize more than $1 billion in rail security improvements. Of that sum, $670 million would be allotted to help Amtrak complete security and safety upgrades to tunnels along the Eastern Seaboard. The Department of Homeland Security would be required to conduct a security assessment of rail systems in the United States.

Mass transit security.

- In a recent hearing held before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines, witnesses detailed the security measures taken since 9-11 and urged lawmakers to approve additional funding for new security plans.

Transportation

- Lawmakers on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee have approved a bill (S. 2453) that would award grants to public transit agencies, including metro, rail, and bus services, to improve security. The bill must now be considered by the full Senate.

Bus security

- A measure designed specifically to address security aboard commercial buses (S. 929) was approved by the Senate and referred to the House, but the House never acted on it.

Passenger screening.

- The ACLU says that the TSA's new passenger-screening program for flyers is CAPPS II redux

Tough Track for Railroads

- Passenger and freight railroads face an uphill battle in their efforts to secure the line.

Tough Track for Railroads

- Passenger and freight railroads face an uphill battle in their efforts to secure the line.

Cargo security

- After reviewing comments made to its interim rule, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an interim final rule regarding security threat assessments of commercial truck drivers who transport hazardous material. The rule will take effect May 31, 2005. @ To read the entire interim final rule, visit SM Online.

Food security

- When Tommy Thompson resigned as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, his parting words included a stark warning that the nation's food supply was an inviting and vulnerable terrorist target. Recognizing the need to beef up food-chain security, the United States Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference and the Conference of the American Trucking Associations, has developed a guide for secure transport of food. Secure practices are provided for drivers and for commercial agricultural and food transporters. The latter, for example, are urged to protect their water supply system, such as by locking wellheads, pump houses, and water storage tanks. They should also assess their facilities for potential sabotage of bulk ingredients, such as by ensuring that access to corn syrup, flour, and other foodstuffs is controlled. The jointly developed food safety guidelines were fashioned as a result of a survey of 24,000 commercial agricultural and food transporters to identify vulnerabilities in food transportation. The sponsoring organizations hope the guidelines help industry. Get them via SM Online.

Where Trouble Meets the Road

- The Utah Department of Transportation is going digital to improve statewide traffic surveillance.

Homeland security

- Many of the broad homeland security and intelligence issues before Congress this term will be addressed by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired again by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). In announcing the committee's agenda, Collins stressed overseeing and improving the Department of Homeland Security and monitoring the outcome of new intelligence legislation. The committee also plans to investigate sources of terrorism financing. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced that antiterrorism legislation (S. 3) introduced by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) will be a priority. S. 3 would increase penalties for attacks against rail systems, passenger vessels, and mass transit. The bill also includes provisions designed to aid vaccine production and protect drug companies from liability related to vaccine programs.
 




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