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U.S. stops monitoring 'toxic inhalant hazard' railroad risks

(Source: Column by James P. RePass Sr., Nationalcorridors.org, May 14, 2014)

BOSTON, Mass. — The Transportation Security Administration, in charge of monitoring crude oil tank cars, has let a critical rail security system, put in place after 9/11 to monitor toxic inhalant hazard cars, shut down.

The railcar tracking system is called the Toxic Inhalant Risk Reduction Verification System (TIHRRVS) and has been supervised by IBM Corp. since its inception. It became operational in 2008. It went dark on or about last Dec. 3, when the TSA let that contract lapse, even though the system’s operation is mandated by federal law and essential to rail security.

Full story: Providence Journal

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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